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    Thursday, June 14, 2018

    Cut Premature Births By Closing Coal

    Closing coal plants is reducing premature births — immediately

    Mary Anne Hitt and Vien Truong, June 7, 2018 (The Hill)

    “…[The nervous and exciting last few weeks of pregnancy are cut short for moms who give birth prematurely, and] pollution from coal and oil power plants is linked to higher rates of premature birth…[A]fter eight coal- and oil-fired power plants in California closed, the rate of premature birth for moms living nearby dropped [from 7 percent to 5.1 percent — in just one year]… The greatest improvements were for Asian American and African American moms — women who are suffering from a well-document maternal health crisis. But it doesn't have to be this way. Renewable energy is here today, powering America and creating hundreds of thousands of jobs in the process… [The benefits in the very first year after the fossil fuel plants shut down shows] that moving beyond coal and other dirty fuels almost immediately reduces the risk…” click here for more

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