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Air pollution makes you stupid
«Air pollution causes seven million premature deaths a year but the harm to people’s mental abilities is less well known.» One thing that seems to be the case however, is that it makes you stupid.

«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.» That's problematic, considering that 95% of the world's population is breathing unsafe air. High levels of pollution leads «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.» It affects old people the most severely. And the longer you're exposed, the more it affects you. And it's only getting worse.
“Governments really need to take concrete measures to reduce air pollution. That may benefit human capital, which is one of the most important driving forces of economic growth.”

-Xi Chen at Yale School of Public Health

And, as we know, economic growth has no negative impacts on air quality... At least soon technological development will have broken the link between them.

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