Pollution to Blame for China's Rise in Birth Defects

chinaIn China, every 30 seconds a baby is born with physical birth defects and now, officials are claiming 10% of those deformities are due to environmental pollution.

According to the state-run media, that adds up to nearly 1.1 million births a year.

The northern province of Shanxi, a coal-rich region with large-scale chemical industry, is a major source of pollution and reports the nation’s highest rate of birth defects.

Researchers blame China’s 8 main coal zones, saying if the rate of birth defects continues to increase it will soon become a social problem, disrupting economic development and quality of life.

Pollution from coal, specifically mercury emissions, has been linked neurological disorders in humans and animals.

Via the AFP.

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