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Exposure to above average levels of common air pollutants can lower IQ levels in un-born babies.  Scientists as Columbia University have been studying 400 pregnant women in New York City and Krakow, Poland to determine the cognitive effects of pre-natal life.   After a decade of tracking children they found a 4 point IQ deficit in children living in air polluted areas. The pollutants stunt brain development in the womb are polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs. These compounds, created by burning fossil fuels, are prevalent in urban areas where traffic is thick.

Read more at Environmental Health News.

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In 1971, President Richard Nixon declared a war on cancer. Through the National Cancer Act, he established the first presidential panel on cancer and charged them to submit an annual report on cancer in the US.  

This year, the presidential panel has said that environmental factors are more responsible for the rising cancer rates than previously believed. Dr. Philip Landrigan told ABC news that "for the past 30 years, there has been systemic effort to minimize the importance of environmental factors and carcinogenesis…This report marks a sea change."

Some of the hazardous exposure detailed in the report include pesticides, fertilizers, pharmaceutical byproducts in water supplies, household chemicals, and emissions from cars, trucks, and planes. The panel urges the Obama administration to put more funding in for research of environmental toxins.

Click here to read more about the report

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