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Air Pollution Levels tied to Levels of Aggression and Violence

Air Pollution Levels tied to Levels of Aggression and Violence

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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 03 October 2019



When Levels of Aggression and Violence Are, "In the Air..."

Exposure to Air Pollution Increases Violent Crime Rates, Study Finds,
Colorado State University, October 3, 2019.


Bad Air
"...found strong links between short-term exposure to air pollution and aggressive behavior, in the form of aggravated assaults and other violent crimes across the continental United States."

"The CSU researchers cross-analyzed three highly detailed datasets: daily criminal activity from the National Incident-Based Reporting System managed by the FBI; daily, county-level air pollution from 2006-2013 collected by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency monitors; and daily data on wildfire smoke plumes from satellite imagery provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Hazard Mapping System."

"The research results show a 10 microgram-per-cubic-meter increase in same-day exposure to PM2.5 is associated with a 1.4% increase in violent crimes, nearly all of which is driven by crimes categorized as assaults."

"Researchers also found that a 0.01 parts-per-million increase in same-day exposure to ozone is associated with a 0.97% increase in violent crime, or a 1.15% increase in assaults. Changes in these air pollution measures had no statistically significant effect on any other category of crime."

It Just Is
"The researchers made no claims on the physiological, mechanistic relationship of how exposure to pollution leads someone to become more aggressive; their results only show a strong correlative relationship between such crimes and levels of air pollution."

More Violence
"The results are fascinating, and also scary. When you have more air pollution, this specific type of crime, domestic violent crime in particular, increases quite significantly."

More Aggression
"The story is, when you're exposed to more pollution, you become marginally more aggressive, so those altercations - some things that may not have escalated - do escalate."

Aggressive and Stupid?
"They are now working with a large online chess platform to determine if increased pollution exposure is correlated with worse chess performance."



It's a well known axiom among cops and first responders that hot, humid days breed more public violence than cool times. The above research makes me ask, "how much of this, 'heat,' violence is driven forward by pollution?

In fact, we may find many more of our, "expressions," of our behavior can be explained by chemical exposures.
One example may well be the ubiquitous distribution of endocrine disrupting chemicals in our water, air, and soil affecting childhood mental and physical development, as well as potentialy influencing the exploding rates of autism we've experienced.

Let Me Count the Ways...
The real question all this seems to bring up, is, "how many physical, ethical, and spiritual ways are we poisioning ourselves?" Quick Answer, "Many!"

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