Saturday, January 27, 2007

Exhaust fumes stunt lung growth

A new California study confirms what has been evident for close to a hundred years: Exhaust fumes from any combusting engine is damaging to people’s health. The newest study, published in the medical review magazine Lancet, from the University of California, exposes categorically that fact. It states that exhaust fumes stunt lung growth in children growing up near highways. Scientists measured the lung function of 3,677 children from the ages of 10 to 18. They found that even healthy children who did not smoke suffered ill effects. The children had a reduced lung capacity of about ten percent, a major difference compared to those living further away from the road, and this is something that they will never recover from, a burden they will have to carry with them for the rest of their lives.

This is yet another example of thousands of what living in civilization does to a human being. Pollutants, poisons are attacking us wherever we go, and especially in cities and industrial areas, but even the polar bears feel it effects. They’ve struggled with reduced fertility rate for decades because of the massive amounts of poisons modern human activity has released into nature. And so have we. And so are we.

This is what civilization and advanced technology do to all life on Earth.

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