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Air Pollution Exposure Harms Cognitive Performance, Study Finds

By NPR

The researchers tested more than 25,000 people multiple times, matching the results with pollution data from the time of each test. Older adults were most affected by air qualityRead full story

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  • "People with lower education levels are likely to experience more harm, Chen says, because they work outside more often and are exposed to higher levels of pollution.

    He says exposure to pollution could make elderly people less effective in making major financial and medical decisions."

  • The evidence of the effects and impact on pollution and global warming keep piling in. At what point does something actually get done about it. Even if you’re too ignorant to acknowledge the real affects of climate change, how can you deny the impact or prefer the devastating consequences of air pollution?

  • Well, this is depressing. With all of the chemicals that are cranked into the open air, I think we’ve somehow forgotten that there are very real consequences for how neglectful we are of our environment. I can see why James Hendrix would speculate just how much pollution can affect the brain’s white

    Well, this is depressing. With all of the chemicals that are cranked into the open air, I think we’ve somehow forgotten that there are very real consequences for how neglectful we are of our environment. I can see why James Hendrix would speculate just how much pollution can affect the brain’s white matter, but the idea that it could definitely deter one’s cognitive performance makes sense in that this is not the air we’re supposed to be breathing. Our bodies are going to be vulnerable to what can be considered essentially poison.

    Just sad that older adults, specifically the elderly, are so prone to this damage as they lose the ability to function the same in many other ways. Gotta feel bad for our brains and our planet.

  • This certainly explains a great deal about why Congress operates the way it does.

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