13 May '11, 3am

We spend $76.6 billion a year on health care for kids made sick by toxic chemicals and air pollution:

America spends a staggering $76.6 billion every year to cover the health expenses of our children who get sick because of exposure to toxic chemicals and air pollution, according to a recent study by researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. That figure includes the cost of medical care and the lost workdays of parents caring for their kids. The inestimable costs of exposure to things like lead in homes and soot in the air include children with severe learning impairment and chronic asthma, among many others. Enforcing pollution laws would reduce illness in kids and adults alike. Investment in clean technologies, including those that reduce pollution, would make this profitable from two perspectives -- avoided cost and new businesses. Some investors are getting the message, but not necessarily in the U.S. or European Union. Venture capitalists increase...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/pollution/2011-05-11-invest-now-or-p...

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