Study Links Gas Flares to Preterm Births, With Hispanic Women at High Risk


Expectant mothers who lived near flaring sites had higher odds of giving birth prematurely than those who did not, researchers found. The adverse outcomes fell entirely on Hispanic women.

Read the full story in the New York Times.

The researchers used satellite images of flares from the Eagle Ford Shale to analyze how exposure to flares affected birth outcomes among pregnant women living nearby. (Credit: NASA)