Air pollution in Ulaanbaatar believed to increase the risk of miscarriage


An international conference on the effects of air pollution on women and children’s health took place at the National Center for Maternal and Children’s Health (NCMCH) on June 7 to 9.
David Warburton, a doctor at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in the U.S., gave the most interesting speech. He said, “Our final research report indicates that the risk of miscarriage in Ulaanbaatar increases four times during winter.” These results came from comparing women at 27 days of pregnancy in winter and summer. The research was based on data collected from 10,000 women examined at the NCMCH.
Dr. Warburton also stated, “80 percent of Ulaanbaatar’s air pollution is from coal. Although people need coal to keep warm, it’s still very dirty. Therefore, I’d like to advise introducing ‘coal cleaning’ technology to Mongolia. Decisive steps for the health of future Mongolian children should be taken. We must either completely stop using coal or clean coal extremely well. Also, if heat loss in homes is reduced, coal use will be reduced.”
He also stated that smoking is another major source of air pollution and continued, “Air pollution isn’t just a health issue. It can include businesses. If members of the energy sector create public-private partnerships and drive away coal, there are opportunities to raise funds from foreign countries.”
His research will be continued further.

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