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Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals. Impact of high levels of toxic air ‘is equivalent

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Title: Air pollution causes ‘huge’ reduction in intelligence, study reveals. Impact of high levels of toxic air ‘is equivalent to having lost a year of education’.

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/aug/27/air-pollution-causes-huge-reduction-in-intelligence-study-reveals


Air pollution causes a “huge” reduction in intelligence, according to new research, indicating that the damage to society of toxic air is far deeper than the well-known impacts on physical health.

The research was conducted in China but is relevant across the world, with 95% of the global population breathing unsafe air. It found that high pollution levels led to significant drops in test scores in language and arithmetic, with the average impact equivalent to having lost a year of the person’s education.

“Polluted air can cause everyone to reduce their level of education by one year, which is huge,” said Xi Chen at Yale School of Public Health in the US, a member of the research team. “But we know the effect is worse for the elderly, especially those over 64, and for men, and for those with low education. If we calculate [the loss] for those, it may be a few years of education.”

Air pollution causes seven million premature deaths a year but the harm to people’s mental abilities is less well known. A recent study found toxic air was linked to “extremely high mortality” in people with mental disorders and earlier work linked it to increased mental illness in children, while another analysis found those living near busy roads had an increased risk of dementia.

“It is because high air pollution can potentially be associated with oxidative stress, neuroinflammation, and neurodegeneration of humans,” he said. Chen said air pollution was most likely to be the cause of the loss of intelligence, rather than simply being a correlation. The study followed the same individuals as air pollution varied from one year to the next, meaning that many other possible causal factors such as genetic differences are automatically accounted for.


So, now is it time to start using alternative energies more?

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Had a feeling this related to China in some way.
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Had a feeling this related to China in some way.


The research was based in China but had contributors all from over. For instance the article mentions Xi Chen at Yale School of Public Health in the US as one of the researchers.
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goodness appears bad air causes everything, from diabetes to stupidity, etc. bonus: smart phones are helping with the dropping of IQ as well as teachers not caring and other factors. since most have lived in air pollution all their lives and shows no lack of IQ drop, then something tells me there's something wrong with this picture. doctoring to get their agenda going again isn't cool, isn't cool at all. and yes, they say that indoor air pollution can be dangerous/deadly as well. guess they won't touch that study that are only assuming outdoor air is bad. found an undoctored and beyond stupid report, this is grounds for child abuse in my opinion https://www.calhealthreport.org/2018/01/31/teen-exposure-air-pollution-reduce-iq-levels-long-term/

as for "alternate energy source" can be just as deadly, studies with those aren't good either. finding something that does work and is safe for birds, humans and the environment then I'm interested, until then I'm not impressed with how far the world hasn't come.
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Everyone, Quick! STOP BREATHING !
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goodness appears bad air causes everything, from diabetes to stupidity, etc. bonus: smart phones are helping with the dropping of IQ as well as teachers not caring and other factors. since most have lived in air pollution all their lives and shows no lack of IQ drop, then something tells me there's something wrong with this picture. doctoring to get their agenda going again isn't cool, isn't cool at all. and yes, they say that indoor air pollution can be dangerous/deadly as well. guess they won't touch that study that are only assuming outdoor air is bad. found an undoctored and beyond stupid report, this is grounds for child abuse in my opinion https://www.calhealthreport.org/2018/01/31/teen-exposure-air-pollution-reduce-iq-levels-long-term/

as for "alternate energy source" can be just as deadly, studies with those aren't good either. finding something that does work and is safe for birds, humans and the environment then I'm interested, until then I'm not impressed with how far the world hasn't come.


Actually. It does.

Your lungs are the source of Adenosine triphosphate conversion. The science is pretty clear on what happens to long term exposure of pollutants. It's basically like an extremely light cigarette that your permanently smoking. Meaning your functionality starts to deplete and from there on you aren't converting energy as efficiently as your supposed to. The cilia in your lungs starts to become ineffective as well, which means you don't filter pollutants themselves as efficently and they are absorbed in the blood stream. This can lead to a myriad of issues: One of them being cancer.

But the hilarious thing about your post is the fact that we already have solid evidence historically what has happened when pollution gets really bad.

https://theconversation.com/air-pollution-in-victorian-era-britain-its-effects-on-health-now-revealed-87208
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Everyone, Quick! STOP BREATHING !


I'm gonna pretend like that was a joke >_>.
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This is why I drink green juice

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Would explain the level of stupidity in this forum.
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I've known this for years. We need to be focusing on this, soil depletion, and water pollution instead of the CO2 boogieman because these are the things that can actually ruin Earth and make it unlivable.

Don't forget that indoor air pollution can many times be worse than outdoor due to the leakage of toxins from paint, furniture, and household cleaners. Buy non-toxic and don't kill yourself.

P.S. For those talking about alternative energies we have nuclear and it could solve our energy problems right now.
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mxdan wrote:


Humms wrote:

Everyone, Quick! STOP BREATHING !


I'm gonna pretend like that was a joke >_>.


But it might solve our Idiot problem.

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I've known this for years. We need to be focusing on this, soil depletion, and water pollution instead of the CO2 boogieman because these are the things that can actually ruin Earth and make it unlivable.

Don't forget that indoor air pollution can many times be worse than outdoor due to the leakage of toxins from paint, furniture, and household cleaners. Buy non-toxic and don't kill yourself.

P.S. For those talking about alternative energies we have nuclear and it could solve our energy problems right now.


I'm all for cleaning up actual pollution.

Nuclear fuel cycle really needs closing, but that tech is sitting on a shelf next to Telsa's stuff
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Heh, glad I live in a rural town then. I'm not too upset about this, people living in highly polluted areas getting dumber. That's honestly fine by me. I just have to really question the validity of the study and the methodology used and what his metrics look like that could possibly measure the loss in intelligence. Was he monitoring people for years at a time throughout his study? Did he simply take an area sample of people..? I would have to go through the study in my own time.

But I think the reasons as to why I take a lot of conflict with the study is simply because you'd see the correlative effects manifest in real world scenarios to a large degree. China and Japan have some of the finest education systems on the planet and the most highly educated people but according to this that would mean that Chinese and Japanese people would be even more intelligent without the effects of the pollution and suffer from higher cases of dementia in their old age..? Also it would manifest in cosmopolitan areas like New York, LA, San Francisco.

I don't know, I guess I just don't believe it on first impressions, I think it's something I just have to look into more.
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Is the world's air that polluted?
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well there's always the safe alternative of fresh air in a can, it's quite the rage in France and China, as well as other places. perhaps start up a legit petition and present it before your local government, not based off of lies, but do some research and pull facts from all age groups not just kids and teens. school systems (failed or otherwise) can also lead to lack of intelligence, just saying.
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