Pollution can be ugly. Just think of an industrial chimney spewing smog into the air. It has devastating effects on the environment, plants and wildlife. And we know that pollution has a negative effect on our physical health. Since the 1970s, a recent article in Monitor on Psychology reports, we’ve studied the harmful impact of pollution on our cardiovascular and respiratory health.
A growing body of evidence indicates that the impact of pollution goes beyond physical health. According to the Monitor, researchers have found that high levels of air pollution may damage children’s cognitive abilities, increase adult risk of cognitive decline and may even contribute to depression.
The issue is not as visible or taken as seriously as it should be, according to Paul Mohai, PhD, a professor in the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources.