Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year. #auspol 

Posted: February 18, 2017 in Uncategorized

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As many as 2.7 million premature births a year – 18% of the global total – can be linked to outdoor air pollution, a study in Environment International found

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Air pollution linked to 2.7 million premature births a year
Policymakers should tackle particulates at source to prevent infant deaths and lifelong disabilities, say researchers
Traffic fumes, slash-and-burn farming and open wood stoves are raising the risk of babies being born before they are ready.
As many as 2.7 million premature births a year – 18% of the global total – can be linked to outdoor air pollution, a study in Environment International found.

When women give birth at less than 37 weeks, their offspring are more likely to die in infancy or suffer from learning difficulties, hearing and sight problems through their life.
“This study highlights that air pollution may not just harm people who are breathing the air directly – it may also seriously affect a baby in its mother’s womb,” said Chris Malley, lead author of the study.

Previous research, mainly in the US and Europe, has…

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  1. ..and indoor air isn’t much better. I feel for those who have to live in apartments because smoke gets into the walls and travels between apartments and I cannot tell you how many people I have talked to who have contracted respiratory problems from living in apartments with neighbors who smoke and add to it what they inhale when out and about, and you’ve got a recipe for severe illness. We can’t win, that’s for sure; not indoors or out. And it is the children who suffer the most; what with asthma being so prevalent these days.

  2. Imagine my horror yesterday, futuret, to discover they installed a smart meter on my electrical panel – despite my express instructions to the contrary. I’m planning to line my inner wall with aluminum foil later today and tomorrow I’m changing power companies. The power companies are getting quite competitive here – there’s one particular company that will take you smart meter out and give you an electronic meter that doesn’t emit microwaves.

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