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Schwartz quoted in UPI article on fracking links to asthma

July 19, 2016

Post Carbon Fellow Brian Schwartz was quoted in this article looking at possible health impacts of fracking.

From the article:

 

“The unconventional natural gas development process [fracking] has numerous environmental impacts that could affect health,” said lead researcher Dr. Brian Schwartz. He is a professor of environmental health sciences, epidemiology and medicine at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore.

The list of impacts includes noise, vibration, strong odors, air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, heavy truck traffic, conversion of rural areas to industrial ones and stress, he said.

Many of these can also affect asthma symptoms, Schwartz added. For example, asthma is known to be worsened by air pollution, odors and stress, all of which increase in areas with fracking, he said.

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