"Fossil-fuel combustion by-products are the world's most significant threat to children's health and future and are major contributors to global inequality and environmental injustice." https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29295510
"Impacts include impairment of cognitive and behavioral development, respiratory illness, and other chronic diseases-all of which may be 'seeded' in utero and affect health and functioning immediately and over the life course."
"By impairing children's health, ability to learn, and potential to contribute to society, pollution and climate change cause children to become less resilient and the communities they live in to become less equitable."
Poisoning children in utero to own the libs. https://www.pri.org/stories/2018-11-06/two-recent-epa-decisions-threaten-childrens-health-experts-say …
I've always wished people could more clearly see pollution as an economic & justice issue, about distributing costs & benefits, just like taxes or health care. Allowing companies to pollute is a straightforward transfer of wealth from the public to shareholders.
We talk about pollution like it happens to nature, a lamentable but necessary "externality" to the actual economy. But sickness, lost work days, lower cognitive function -- those are all economic costs, borne by someone, usually the very communities we're telling to bootstrap.
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