Solar power moves a threat to children?

Plans by China and India to massively expand solar power capacity carry a worrying health threat, researchers warn.

Both countries rely on lead-acid batteries to store solar power and neither has a good record on lead emissions during manufacturing and recycling, they wrote.

“A Chinese review paper, summarising 32 published reports, indicates that 24% of children in China have blood lead levels exceeding the World Health Organization level of concern,” researchers said, adding that in India a recent test showed 34% of children already exceeded safe levels.

Energy Policy 2011; 39:4939-40