So now, the team believes that research regarding the exact mechanisms and health risks associated with fetal black carbon exposure is urgently needed.
And in the meantime, Professor Tim Nawrot of Hasselt University has called for increased air quality regulation.
“We show in this study that the number of black carbon particles that get into the mother is passed on proportionately to the placenta and into the baby. This means that air quality regulation should recognize this transfer during gestation and act to protect the most susceptible stages of human development,” Nawrot said.
To read the study’s complete findings, which have since been published in The Lancet Planetary Health, visit the link here.
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