08 Nov '11, 4pm

Not Good: Traffic Makes Us Dumber: Scientists say car exhaust causes brain damage

eutrophication&hypoxia via Flickr /CC BY 2.0 Scientists are finding that traffic exhaust might be going right to your head. The particulate pollution that vehicles emit has long been known to cause a host of respiratory woes, like asthma and lung disease, especially in heavily congested areas. Now, as detailed in a disturbing report in today's Wall Street Journal , researchers are finding that a growing body of evidence suggests that car exhaust causes nothing less than brain damage. The Journal's report is horrifying, even as its subjects note that the data in a lot of these studies is still new. After all, the implications of news like "New public-health studies and laboratory experiments suggest that, at every stage of life, traffic fumes exact a measurable toll on mental capacity, intelligence and emotional stability" are severe indeed. To summarize (read the entire st...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/cars/your-brain-traffic-fumes.html

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