Commentary: The womb is no protection from toxic chemicals.

Chemical exposures, infectious diseases and air pollution all threaten the brain development of babies.

Until a few decades ago, the popular but falsely reassuring belief was that babies in the womb were perfectly protected by the placenta and that children were just “little adults,” requiring no special protections from environmental threats. We now know that a host of chemicals, pollutants and viruses readily travel across the placenta from mother to fetus, pre-polluting or pre-infecting a baby even before birth.

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Asian Development Bank

Opinion: The case for a child-centered energy and climate policy.

Children suffer the most from fossil fuel burning.

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