Autism linked to power plants emissions
From North Carolina Conservation Network:
Mercury pollution - which is emitted from coal burning power plants - is known to cause brain damage in a developing fetus. The LA Times points out in an article titled Study Links Air Pollutants with Autism that resesarchers have linked cases of autism to children living in areas that have high amounts of mercury. Note: you must register to read the LA Times online.
Children with autism disorders in the San Francisco Bay Area were 50% more likely to be born in neighborhoods with high amounts of several toxic air contaminants, particularly mercury, according to a first-of-its-kind study by the California Department of Health Services.North Carolina is one of the top 12 states in mercury emissions - and 22 species of fish are so heavily contaminated with mercury that women and children are being advised not to eat them.
The new findings, which surprised the researchers, suggest that a mother's exposure to industrial air pollutants while pregnant might increase her child's risk of autism, a neurological condition increasingly diagnosed in the last 10 years.
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