How air pollution is killing your heart, aging your skin, and destroying the environment
Hurting Your Heart
Pollution that contains even legal levels of small particles—like the kind that come from truck exhaust—speeds up the development of plaque in the body’s arteries, leading to a higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.
And if, pollution-wise, you’re not afraid of your ticker exploding in your chest, how about your face shriveling up? Other recent research found that even small increases in nitrogen dioxide may speed up skin aging. *Gasp.*
Pollution isn’t just screwing with you, it’s also messing with the bees, interfering in their flower-finding, which can raise their pollination time from 10 to 180 minutes. Bees contribute $14 billion to U.S. crop production annually—or did.