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Preterm Births Linked to Air Pollution Cost Billions in the U.S.

By: RevElvis, 1:25 AM GMT on March 30, 2016

Preterm Births Linked to Air Pollution Cost Billions in the U.S.

http://time.com/4274355/air-pollution-preterm-bir th/

http://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/15-10810/ (Abstract)

Affected populations tend to be concentrated in low-income areas home to large numbers of minorities

Air pollution leads to 16,000 premature births in the United States each year, leading to billions of dollars in economic costs, according to new research.

Researchers behind the study, published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, found that preterm births associated with particulate matter—a type of pollutant—led to more than $4 billion in economic costs in 2010 due to medical care and lost productivity that results from disability. And, like many other public health issues, affected populations tend to be concentrated in low-income areas home to large numbers of minorities.

“This is another piece of the evidentiary pie about why we should really be doing something about air pollution,” says Tracey Woodruff, a professor who studies reproductive health and the environment at the University of California, San Francisco. “When you reduce air pollution you get lots of different health benefits.”

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Antarctica on the Brink: NASA Emeritus Scientist Warns of Dramatic Loss of Glaciers

By: RevElvis, 2:08 AM GMT on March 17, 2016

Antarctica on the Brink: NASA Emeritus Scientist Warns of Dramatic Loss of Glaciers


Truth-Out.org


"Every degree of heat increase melts an additional 30 feet of ice, each year," says Robert Bindschadler, who worked for 35 years as a glaciologist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center.

A study published in January revealed a dramatic increase in melt rates on Antarctica's most stable ice shelf, when it showed that melting rates were 25 times higher than expected.

This disconcerting news comes a year after another study, which showed that the largest glacier in eastern Antarctica (Totten Glacier), which by itself contains the ice equivalent of a 20-foot rise in global sea levels, is melting due to warming ocean waters.

Other reports showing how increasingly warm ocean waters are contributing to an accelerating melting of large portions of Antarctica continue to be published on a regular basis.


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