Air pollution makes you aggressive

NEW YORK: Researchers have found that breathing polluted air does not only make you sick, but it could also make you more aggressive.
The research team from the Colorado State University found that strong links between short-term exposure to air pollution and aggressive behaviour, in the form of aggravated assaults and other violent crimes across the continental US.
The results were derived from
daily Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) crime statistics and an eight-year detailed map of daily US air pollution.
“We’re talking about crimes that might not even be physical, you can assault someone verbally, when you’re exposed to more pollution, you become more aggressive, so those altercations, some things that may not have escalated, do escalate,” said the study’s researcher Ander Wilson.
For the study, researchers cross-analysed three highly detailed datasets: daily criminal activity; daily county-level air pollution from 2006-2013 and daily data on wildfire smoke plumes from satellite imagery.
Air pollution scientists typically measure rates of pollution through concentrations of ozone or breathable particulate matter (PM) 2.5 microns in diameter or smaller. — IANS