Pregnancies Lost to Pollution

South Asia—one of the most polluted regions on Earth—also has the highest global burden of pregnancy loss. And that’s no coincidence, according to new research published in the Lancet Planetary Health.
Across India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan, every year nearly 350,000 lost pregnancies are linked to bad air. 
Researchers focused on tiny particulate pollution known as PM2.5, which can lodge deep into the lungs and contains a bevy of different chemicals originating everywhere from unpaved roads to power plants.
The authors hope the findings—the first to quantify ambient pollution’s toll on pregnancies in the region—will galvanize urgent action to tackle air pollution.


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