PM 2.5 – A Northeast US climate initiative has had a major side benefit—healthier children.

August 29, 2020

Researchers estimate a climate effort in the Northeast U.S. (the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) helped the region reduce toxic air pollution and avoid hundreds of asthma and autism cases, preterm births, and low birth weights according to a July 29, 2020 Daily Climate Report.pm 2.5 graphic

“A climate change initiative in the Northeastern U.S. designed to cut greenhouse gas emissions has also greatly reduced harmful air pollution and related impacts to kids’ health, such as asthma, preterm births and low birth weights, according to a new study published in Environmental Health Perspectives on July 29th.

Led by researchers from the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, the study found the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative has reduced fine particulate matter (PM2.5) and, due to this reduction, the region avoided an estimated 537 cases of child asthma, 112 preterm births, 98 cases of autism spectrum disorder, and 56 cases of low birthweight from 2009 to 2014.

By avoiding such impacts to children’s health, the researchers estimate an economic savings of between $191 million to $350 million.”

What this means to you
Researchers estimate a climate effort in the Northeast U.S. (the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative) helped the region reduce toxic air pollution and avoid hundreds of asthma and autism cases, preterm births, and low birth weights.

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