HEALTH AND CLIMATE CHANGE
Climate action can make us healthier
Here's reason number X hundred and Y to be jazzed about electric vehicles—they could reduce cases of dementia. According to a Canadian study, vehicle tailpipe pollution could be making its way into our brains.
I probably don't need to add that this isn't a good thing. According to the study, when we inhale air pollutants, fine particles of pollution get absorbed into our bloodstream, and can pass into the brain. And while there are many other risks from air pollution, like heart disease and lung cancer, the researchers found that people who lived close to busy roadways were also at increased risk of dementia.
And climate change and pollution is taking its toll on the health of children too, increasing cases of childhood asthma and lyme disease. But that's why the Ontario Public Health Association is launching a new campaign to "empower parents" and "provide them information and tools to act on climate change within their communities."