Kids’ Health Problems Linked to Pollution

Low birth weight, asthma, ADHD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, malnutrition, infectious diseases…these are just a few of the children’s health problems worldwide that are related—at least in part—to air pollution and climate change, according to a commentary in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Written by the director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH), Frederica Perera, the commentary identifies children as being particularly vulnerable to the effects of toxins created by fossil fuels. She contends that, "The single most important action we can take for our children and their future is to cure our addiction to fossil fuel."

It’s generally accepted that we must take steps to ensure a cleaner environment for generations to come. Ways t_o_ reduce our carbon footprint include using alternative energy sources like solar, buying locally grown foods, and driving energy-efficient vehicles.

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