Dr. Ned Ketyer is a Pittsburgh-area pediatrician with special interests in developmental pediatrics, preventative medicine, and environmental health. After completing his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Dr. Ketyer practiced general pediatrics for 26 years before retiring from patient care in 2017. He writes and edits his practice’s popular blog, The PediaBlog, and remains a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health. Dr. Ketyer is a consultant for the Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project bringing attention to the health impacts of shale gas development in the Marcellus Shale gas patch, a board member of Physicians for Social Responsibility - Pennsylvania, and a Climate Reality Project Leader. In all these roles, Dr. Ketyer connects the vast petrochemical “clusterfrack” underway in southwest Pennsylvania with local and regional health impacts, and the global ecological and public health catastrophes resulting from plastic pollution and climate change that threaten the health and well-being of all passengers on this shining ball of blue.
- Identity of chemical air and water emissions from fracked gas infrastructure — where they come from and why they increase the risk of health impacts in children.
- Review why infants and children are more vulnerable to the negative health effects of pollution from fracking.
- Pediatric health impacts beyond the wellhead — connecting the dots between fracking and the more generalized health threats from plastic/petrochemical pollution and impacts of the climate crisis on these same vulnerable groups (namely, pregnant women, fetuses, infants, and children).
- Advice for health providers to educate and assist their patients in protecting themselves, their communities, and their children from potential harm from fracked gas pollution.
CME / CEU survey questions:
1. Which points of fracking infrastructure generate harmful pollution?
2. Why are children especially vulnerable to health impacts from fracking pollution, plastic in the environment, and climate change?
3. How does fracking accelerate rather than slow human-caused climate change?