Reducing air pollution from fossil fuel power plants has an immediate positive effect on health of pregnant women and their unborn children. A study from California shows excactly how quick and widespread the effects are.

New study adds fresh evidence to a robust body of research on the harmful effects of exposure to air pollution, especially in young children. Credit: SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images Shutting down power plants that burn fossil fuels can almost immediately reduce the risk of premature birth in pregnant women living nearby, according to research published Tuesday. Researchers scrutinized records of more than 57,000 births by mothers who lived close to eight coal- and oil-fired plants across California in the year before the facilities were shut down, and in the year after, when the air was cleaner. The study, published in […]


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