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What's the state of the air YOU breathe? The American Lung Association

EPA Air Quality Index  

The effects of ambient toxins on our health are profound and well documented. By reducing or eliminating pollutants in our environment, we reduce our "body burden" of poisons and can reduce disease and the terrible costs to individuals and society.

Pollution from power plants creates smog from NOx and fine particulate matter from SO2. This air pollution causes and exacerbates respiratory diseases, cardiac disease, and even premature death. Mercury from coal-fired power plants which settles into our food chain causes neurological problems. Especially vulnerable populations include children, athletes and the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

Headline news:

Closing Coal-fired Power Plants Improves Cognitive Development Of Children, New Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (July 15, 2008) — Closing coal-fired power plants can have a direct, positive impact on children's cognitive development and health according to a study released by the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The study allowed researchers to track and compare the development of two groups of children born in Tongliang, a city in China's Chongqing Municipality -- one in utero while a coal-fired power plant was operating in the city and one in utero after the Chinese government had closed the plant.

Among the first group of children, prenatal exposure to coal-burning emissions was associated with significantly lower average developmental scores and reduced motor development at age two. In the second unexposed group, these adverse effects were no longer observed; and the frequency of delayed motor developmental was significantly reduced. The study findings are published in the July 14th Environmental Health Perspectives.Read more...

Visit our health pages to learn more, especially about health effects from power plant pollution.

HealthLink works in coaltion with many groups. Check out the website for the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. It "tracks emerging scientific evidence on links between diseases, disorders and disabilities and possible environmental causes. It is designed to make new information accessible to people who care about these issues and who are looking for answers, not just about the "why's" but also the "what's," ... as in "what can I do?"

http://www.protectingourhealth.org/

HealthLink Presentation on Health Effects from Fossil Fuel Generated Energy

Searchable database from the EPA of scientific literature applicable to children's health risks due to chemical exposure: http://cfpub.epa.gov/teach/

Web-based mapping tool developed at the Silent Spring Institute allows visitors to explore how sources of pollution, idicators of environmental quality and certain health outcomes vary across the state. http://www.silentspring.org/massheis