06 Dec '17, 3pm

Air pollution is hurting human procreation

Air pollution is hurting human procreation

It distorts sperm, makes it harder to get pregnant, and can lead to premature births and low birth weights -- yet another reason why cars and humans don't mix well. Air pollution has become the world's single largest environmental health risk, and scientists say it causes more than 3.7 million premature deaths per year (data from 2012). But what does air pollution do to unborn children? Or even to those parents who are trying to get pregnant? New research shows it's having a seriously detrimental effect. Problems start with a man's sperm. In a study titled, "Exposure to ambient fine particulate matter and semen quality in Taiwan," researchers from the Chinese University of Hong Kong examined 6,475 men between the ages of 14 and 49 and found that the more air pollution a man is exposed to, the greater his risk of having irregularly shaped and smaller sperm. Most of the part...

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