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Research - Linking oil and coal plant pollution to pre-term births

California closed eight oil and coal-fueled electric plants and reduced pollution. After the closing, research showed a sizeable decrease in pre-term births among women living in the area. Those closest to the plants had the greatest drop (3 miles or less) from 7% to 5.1% decline. Researchers compared pre-term birth rates around eight power plants that had not closed and found no differences for the same 10 year period. Scientists have long know that oil and coal emit tiny pollution particles that penetrate lungs and bloodstream, and this study adds to a larger body of research showing the implications.

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