Pollutants Linked to 450% Increase in Risk of Birth Defects in Rural China

China PollutionForget climate change deniers, there are more urgent reasons to eliminate pollution. Via ScienceDaily:

Pesticides and pollutants are related to a 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Peking University.Two of the pesticides found in high concentrations in the placentas of affected newborns and stillborn fetuses were endosulfan and lindane. Endosulfan is only now being phased out in the United States for treatment of cotton, potatoes, tomatoes and apples. Lindane was only recently banned in the United States for treatment of barley, corn, oats, rye, sorghum and wheat seeds.

Strong associations were also found between spina bifida and anencephaly and high concentrations of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), which are byproducts of burning fossil fuels such as oil and coal. Spina bifida is a defect in which the backbone and spinal canal do not close before birth. Anencephaly is the absence of a large part of the brain and skull.

“Our advanced industrialized societies have unleashed upon us a lot of pollutants,” says Richard Finnell, professor of nutritional sciences and director of genomic research at the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas. “We’ve suspected for a while that some of these pollutants are related to an increase in birth defects, but we haven’t always had the evidence to show it. Here we quite clearly showed that the concentration of compounds from pesticides and coal-burning are much higher in the placentas of cases with neural tube defects than in controls.”

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  • Rex Vestri

    Just think…If the Repugnicans have their way and do away with the “job killing EPA” then Ameяika might wind up with the same problem.

    • Null

      Dey tookhour jawbs!

  • Rex Vestri

    Just think…If the Repugnicans have their way and do away with the “job killing EPA” then Ameяika might wind up with the same problem.

  • Null

    Dey tookhour jawbs!

  • Null

    Dey tookhour jawbs!

  • BuzzCoastin

    Despite all the western hype about China’s money and might,
    the fact remains that it still a developing country
    with no sense of the dangers of modernization
    and no methods for dealing with those problems.

    I live in Beijing.
    Recently I wanted to buy some dirt for planting a window garden.
    After visiting several garden stores
    I discovered that one cannot buy chemical-free dirt in China.
    Why would anyone want dirt that didn’t have modern chemicals in it?
    They haven’t a clue.

    • Redacted

      That’s Mao for you.

      Its debris from the “Great Leap Forward”

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    Despite all the western hype about China’s money and might,
    the fact remains that it still a developing country
    with no sense of the dangers of modernization
    and no methods for dealing with those problems.

    I live in Beijing.
    Recently I wanted to buy some dirt for planting a window garden.
    After visiting several garden stores
    I discovered that one cannot buy chemical-free dirt in China.
    Why would anyone one want dirt that didn’t have modern chemicals in it?
    They haven’t a clue.

  • Anonymous

    That’s Mao for you.

    Its debris from the “Great Leap Forward”

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  • Anarchy Pony

    It seems that this planet is indeed suffering from a case of malignant industrial civilization, quite possibly terminal. At this point there is no solid recommendation or course of treatment I can think of that will guarantee positive results.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    It seems that this planet is indeed suffering from a case of malignant industrial civilization, quite possibly terminal. At this point there is no solid recommendation or course of treatment I can think of that will guarantee positive results.

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