Summary #1352

Study supports link between traffic-related air pollution and mental disorders
  • Cross-referencing data from 5 years of surveying 1,600 adults and average pollution concentrations where they lived shows a link between pollution and mental health.
  • Each 5 microgram / cubic meter increase in very small particulate matter (PM2.5), and 3 mg / m3 increase in nitrogen oxide, increase mental disorder odds up to 39%.
  • It’s unclear exactly why this happens, but it’s clear that we’ve been underestimating the negative effects that air pollution has on our health.


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