Yesterday I mentioned the mounting evidence that high levels of phthalates and other chemicals are responsible for a growing wave of poor reproductive health. I should have also linked to this more updated Nick Kristof column on the subject from a week ago. Meanwhile, Science Progress sums up some new research in Pediatrics which studied mothers and children in New York City exposed to various levels of air pollution and concluded that toxins are impairing kids’ IQs.
Conservatives will tell you, no doubt, that solving any of these problems will strangle the economy. The reality, however, is that the cost of this kind of damage to public health is actually extremely high.