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New risk model highlights arsenic risk in China's groundwater
Date:8/24/2013

ntamination is likely to be high, the team was able to use it to make predictions about arsenic contamination in areas they did not visit.

Their model combined this geospatial information with data from the Chinese National Survey Program. Using population data and the World Health Organization's standard threshold for arsenic concentration (10 g per liter), which, as of recently, is also the Chinese standard, they categorized areas of China as low-risk and high-risk.

The researchers note that, when talking about risky levels of arsenic, there is still some debate.

"We know that the higher the concentration of arsenic, the more quickly the effects will appear," said Rodriguez-Lado, "but effects highly depend on factors such as age, nutritional status, and general health."

Their results indicated that an estimated 19,580,000 people in China live in high-risk areas, mainly in Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, Henan, Shandong and Jiangsu provinces.


Contact: Natasha Pinol
npinol@aaas.org
202-326-6440
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Source:Eurekalert

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