Lead released in Notre-Dame Cathedral fire detected in Parisian honey

Elevated levels of lead have been found in samples of honey from hives downwind of the Notre-Dame Cathedral fire, collected three months after the April 2019 blaze.

In research outlined in Environmental Science & Technology Letters, scientists from UBC’s Pacific Centre for Isotopic and Geochemical Research (PCIGR) analyzed concentrations of metals, including lead, in 36 honey samples collected from Parisian hives in July 2019.

Associated journal article: Kate E. Smith, Dominique Weis, Catherine Chauvel, and Sibyle Moulin (2020). “Honey Maps the Pb Fallout from the 2019 Fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris: A Geochemical Perspective.” Environmental Science & Technology Letters Article ASAP
DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.0c00485

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