Kevin Grandia

Every parent should read this - closing coal plants benefits children's brain development

I had to read this one a few times before it really sunk in.

Researchers at Columbia University's Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) have released a study concluding that closing coal-fired power plants can have a direct, positive impact on a child's brain development.

Science Daily is reporting that the study, to be released in the July 14th edition of Environmental Health Perspectives:

"... allowed researchers to track and compare the development of two groups of children born in Tongliang, a city in China's Chongqing Municipality -- one in utero while a coal-fired power plant was operating in the city and one in utero after the Chinese government had closed the plant."

The results look pretty clear:

The group of children exposed to coal-burning emisssions while still in their mother's womb had significantly lower average developmental scores and reduced motor development at age two.

In the group of children not exposed to coal-burning emissions, did not have these adverse effects; and the frequency of delayed motor developmental was significantly reduced.

"These findings have major implications for environmental health and energy policy as they demonstrate that reduction in dependence on coal for energy can have a measurable positive impact on children's development and health -- in China and elsewhere," said Frederica Perera, professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health, director of the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health, and lead author of the study.

On the CCCEH study, Dan Fagan writes in a very extensive article in Scientific American that:

"The complexities and uncertainties of molecular epidemiology, Perera says, should not obscure the overall message of the data she has accumulated during 29 years spent studying the health effects of air pollution in Finland, Poland, China and her own neighborhood near Columbia in upper Manhattan. That message is as relevant in developed nations as it is in heavily polluted China, she explains..." [my emphasis]

Earlier work on the health impacts on children of coal-plant emissions by the CCEH has found that:

(1) Newborns with high levels of prenatal exposure to air pollution from coal burning have smaller head circumference at birth and lower growth rate in childhood. Such early exposures can set the stage before a baby is even born for increased cancer risk, asthma, and cognitive delay, the effects of which can play out over an entire lifetime.

(2) Newborns in the first cohort (those who were in utero during operation of the coal burning power plant) had higher levels of DNA damage due to prenatal exposure to PAHs than newborns in either New York City or Krakow, Poland.

(3) Children with the highest estimated exposure to PAH from power plant emission had significantly worse performance on developmental tests at age two years.

(4) Respiratory problems are found to be more prevalent in children who were in utero while the power plant was operational.

 

 


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By nature, all parents worry about their children's growth both physically and mentally. When they find out that this growth in children may be hampered by pollution of coal plants, being conscious parents would not be sitting and waiting for the moment until the government acts, but his voice would rise against these plants. It's a good discussion. Daysoftcontactlenses

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I was never aware of this study.If the closing coal-fired power plants has such a good and positive impact on the brain of the children than who does not wants to go in support of it?I must agree every parent must have a read at it, at least once so that they can think more for the benefit of their children. Regards, Royal!

Hey!

Is it really that harmful?

Nope.

The fly ash is harmful. So is bottom ash. So is everything else that coal plants prevent from reaching the environment. The fact of the matter is, the harmful elements are contained. Last time i checked, water vapor isn't harmful to children.

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I would love to see some

I would love to see some media spin. If you support the coal industry you don't support children's brain development!

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Basically if you are more left brain the way you think tends to lean more on logic and sequential reasoning. You'll like dealing with symbols, like numbers.

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I was never aware of this

I was never aware of this study.If the closing coal-fired power plants has such a good and positive impact on the brain of the children than who does not wants to go in support of it?I must agree every parent must have a read at it, at least once so that they can think more for the benefit of their children.

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Basically if you are more left brain the way you think tends to lean more on logic and sequential reasoning. You'll like dealing with symbols, like numbers.

When I look at the coal

When I look at the coal smoke emanating from the factory chimney, I shudder and I do eagerly agree with you that every parent should read this - closing coal plants benefits children's brain development. Thanks.

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Coal smoke. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.. Water in gas form?

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Didn't even spend 15 seconds reading this before I noticed the flaw. >> The group of children exposed to coal-burning emisssions . . . The word "exposed" should get you thinking. I don't even know where to start on how many things are wrong with this study. I won't even go into specifics for a lack of a drive to argue. Your children aren't exposed to coal-burning emissions. No one's children in the US are exposed to coal-burning emissions. Even those who live in neighborhoods very near to coal plants. Coal plants have advanced their environmental controls significantly, reducing harmful emissions to beyond-negligable amounts. The only thing you see coming out of that stack is Carbon Dioxide and Water. And what's it do? Float upwards. Not downwards towards your children. And even if it did? It's water. And carbon dioxide. Ugh, I already know the responses I'm going to get. Just letting you know now that all of you who think your children are in danger are severely uneducated when it comes to coal plants. Don't fall into the hype of environmentalism. You make yourself look like your IQ resembles a caveman's.

Coal Fired Plants Dangerous

As someone who has worked in this field for years, I believe I have a reasonably good undwerstanding of energy production, I agree the cavemanish remarks here in other blogs are unproven and ridiculously similar to Chicken Little's comment, " the sky is falling"! Firstly let me say that natural gas is somewhat cleaner, and I hope that anyone who went to high school understands that the combustion of any fuel produces Carbon Dioxide the devilish "greenhouse gas". The exceptions are Hydrazine aka rocket propellent used by NASA and pure Hydrogen, most other Hydrogen based fuels are hugely inefficient to produce for normal energy use. While many companies have been and continue to do some work to improve the coal plant emissions, the days of huge old black plumes from the stack are well behind us, technology has improved and rational environmental regulation makes coal a cleaner long tern fuel to able meet the energy needs of the next 200 years. Unfortunately replacing coal with natural gas will result in future generations living with less available and stupidly expensive electricity and heating costs! Good job Mom and Dad! Not to mention an mere 20% reduction in CO2 emissions, reminds me of the days of the 50 MPH speed limit plan and 12 MPG automobiles. Reality is that workers at coal fired power plants are at the highest risk from coal and ash related diesases, all of these can also be reasonable controled by measure to limit and prevent health related issues, I would have less concern for my child working in a modern coal fired power plant than one working in a natural gas plant, where the exposure to deadly hyrogen sulphide gas which can kill you in seconds, or a failure would incinerated the worker. The production of energy is not without some risk, and adverse affect to the environment, wind farms can only product power when mother nature co-operates, and is hugely deadly to birds killing millions each years, wonder when we shut that down. Nuclear energy is expensive to build and cheaper operate and sell to the consumer but we have not got disposal down to a good science it is likely the way of the future energy supply, coal can provide long term energy to millions of North Americans, until we perfect the "spent nuke source disposal" the side benefit from this action would be we will have natural gas to heat our homes and prevent millions of New Yorkers from infitrating LA and Miami to keep warm. Imagine a healthy society with adequet electrical energy and clean heat, our children are at much more risk from obesity, lack of exercise and heart disease than were ever at risk from power plant emissions. Let's be real and not educated fear mongerers!

The smoke emitted by these

The smoke emitted by these factories are really hazardous to anyone's health. They should implement drastic measures to take care of the pollution they are causing or else, the community and nature will suffer.

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No it's not. And they have.

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Closing coal-fired power plants can have a direct and positive impact on children's cognitive development and health according to a study released by the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) at Columbia University Mailman , School of Public Health. The study allowed researchers to track and compare the development of two groups of children born in Tongliang, a city of Chongqing Municipality of China - one in utero while a coal power plant was operating in the city and a in utero after the Chinese government had closed the plant.

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Perhaps when you become the leader of the Chinease Republic you will be able to spend all the money in the world "literally" to clean China's problems, they simply don't want to change, the clean techonogy is available today but the desire to change is not! Until then people and the environment will be affected not because coal is dirty, but because they have no will to change, besides are you ready to share your natural gas supply or reduce it by 50% so a trader can sell it to someone in China and live in a Caribean Island???

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Pollution

Wow That a lot of pollution. Maybe we should think about our children first and than build such killing factories. It is really a shame.