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Potential hazards of air pollutant emissions from UOG operations on the respiratory health of children and infants

A sick child with pain (Photo credit: WiLPrZ | wikimedia)

A sick child with pain (Photo credit:WiLPrZ | wikimedia)

Children are known to be at a greater risk from exposure to air pollutants, which can impair lung function and neurodevelopment, or exacerbate existing conditions, such as asthma, because the respiratory system is particularly vulnerable during development in utero, the postnatal period, and early childhood. Existing epidemiology studies document the impact of air pollutant exposure on children in other contexts and suggest impacts near UOG. Research is sparse on long-term health risks associated with frequent acute exposures – especially in children. Many data gaps remain, but existing data support precautionary measures to protect the health of infants and children.

Ellen Webb, Jake Hays, Larysa Dyrszka, Brian Rodriguez, Caroline Cox, Katie Huffling, and Sheila Bushkin-Bedient
Potential hazards of air pollutant emissions from unconventional oil and natural gas operations on the respiratory health of children and infants
Rev Environ Health 2016; DOI 10.1515/reveh-2014-0070
Received October 12, 2014; accepted February 8, 2016; published May 12, 2016

See also:
Lorraine Chow, New Fracking Study Finds Children at Greater Risk of Respiratory Health Problems. EcoWatch, May 12, 2016
Sharon Kelly , Fracking’s Air Pollution Puts Infants and Children at Risk of Developing Heart, Lung Problems: New Study. DesmogBlog, May 12, 2016


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