Maybe moving to the country isn't such a bad idea after all!
High pollution has just been linked to an increase chance of stroke and memory loss. Which sucks, because city-life is so rad!
This is especially the case when traffic pollution is at a high.
"One of the important points is that at levels that are considered to be generally safe by the U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), we're seeing important health effects. Individuals that may be susceptible to air pollution health effects may consider staying inside during high air pollution levels."
In essence, all of this fluctuates from day to day. Some days it's worse than others.
What they did was review the medical records of 1,700 patients in Boston with a stroke between 1999 and 2008. Using that info, they found that having a stroke was 34% higher in the 24 hours after moderate EPA pollution readings!
This has absolutely become a public health problem. And to those opposed to making things green for whatever reason, this should shock you into changing your stance.
This has nothing to do with whether or not global warming is an issue. This is direct health.
Besides, regardless of your stance on if GW is true or not — why wouldn't you want to make things better anyway??
Let's change things!
[Image via AP Images.]
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