REQUIRE CHILDREN WITH A LOW IQ– Researchers from the University of California San Francisco found that children who were born in areas with polluted air have IQs that are up to seven times lower than their counterparts living in cleaner environments.

PAUSES CHILDREN’S POOR MEMORY: Researchers at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health found boys exposed to greater levels of PM2.5 in the womb  performed worse on memory tests by the time they are 10.

DELAY THE DEVELOPMENT IN CHILDRENResearch from Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health has found that children who live less than a third of a block away from major roads score twice as low on communication skills assessments in infanthood. A lower hand-eye coordination was also a common characteristic.

REDUCE CHILDREN’S ANGERUniversity of Cincinnati researchers claim that pollution could alter children’s brain structure to increase anxiety. Study of 14 young people found higher anxiety levels among those living near more polluted areas. 

SAVE YOUR CHILD’S LIFE!Air pollution is threatening the lives of children today, according to the report of the US-based Health Effects Institute in April 2019 and the University of British Columbia. UNICEF demanded that action be taken in response to the findings of the study.

RISE A CHILD’S RISK FOR AUTISM Researchers at Monash University in Australia discovered youngsters living in highly polluted parts of Shanghai have a 86 per cent greater chance of developing ASD. Dr Yuming Guo, the lead author of this study said that young children’s brains are vulnerable to environmental toxicities.

ASTHMA IN CHILDSAccording to a study done by George Washington University, four million children worldwide develop asthma every year due to road pollution. Although experts are split on the cause of asthma, the fact that childhood pollution can increase the likelihood of lung damage is what most people agree upon.

BRING CHILDREN TO HEALTHY CHOICESUniversity of Southern California experts discovered that 10-year olds who had grown up in polluted environments as babies were on the average 22.2 pounds (1 kilogram) more overweight than those who grew to live in cleaner areas. Scientists believe that nitrogen dioxide pollution may affect children’s ability to burn fat. 

LEAVE FEMALES INFERTILE EASIERIn May 2019, scientists at Modena University, Italy claimed that they believed Just like smoking, pollution accelerates the ageing process in women. The researchers found almost three-quarters of all women who regularly inhale toxic air had a low “reserve” of eggs.

RAISE THE RISK A MISCARRIAGE: University of Utah scientists found in January that pregnant women are 16 per cent more likely to suffer the heartbreak of a miscarriage if they live in areas of high pollution.  

RISE THE RISK FOR BREAST CANCER: Scientists at the University of Stirling found six women working at the same bridge next to a busy road in the US got breast cancer within three years of each other. The study found that one in 10,000 cases could have been caused by coincidence. It suggested chemicals in the traffic fumes caused the cancer by shutting down the BRCA genes, which try to stop tumours growing. 

AMAN DAMAGES HIS SPERMBrazilian researchers at the University of Sao Paulo discovered that mice who were exposed to toxic fumes had lower sperm counts than those who inhaled fresh air from birth. 

MAKE MEN LESs Likely to Get Sexily ArousedScientists from Guangzhou Medical University, China discovered that rats who were exposed to pollution had difficulty getting sexually aroused. Scientists believe it may also affect men, as inhaling poisonous particles may trigger inflammation in blood vessels and starve the genitals of oxygen – affecting men’s ability to become sexually aroused.

MAKE IT MORE COMMON FOR MEN TO HAVE Erectile Dysfunction:  Men who live on main roads are more likely to have difficulty getting an erection due to exposure to pollution, a Guangzhou University in China study suggested in February. Tests on rats revealed that toxic fumes decreased blood flow to the prostate, increasing their risk for developing erectile disorder. 

RAISE THE RISK FOR PSYCHOSISKing’s College London researchers linked toxic air and intense paranoia in March to young people’s first ever hearing voices. According to them, it should be a ‘urgent priority for health’ to discover how pollutants can lead psychosis.

MAKES YOU DEPRESSEDResearchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discovered in January that the worse the environment is, the less happy we become. This study was done by analysing data from social media sites in China, along with the weather data and average PM2.5 concentrations.

DEMENTIA IS CAUSED: Air pollution could be responsible for 60,000 cases of dementia in the UK, researchers from King’s College London and St George’s, University of London, calculated last September. Tiny pollutants breathed deep into the lungs and enter the blood stream, where they may travel into the brain and cause inflammation – a problem which may trigger dementia.