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Can You Smell the Flowers?

Pollution really ruins the joys of life: we know that air pollution is making it hard to breathe and affecting birds (but in a positive way), and now it turns out that it's reducing the scent of flowers as well!

Air pollution from power plants and automobiles is destroying the fragrance of flowers. Not only does this affect the beauty of nature, it also makes it harder for insects to find the flowers they need to pollinate but, as researcher Jose D. Fuentes says, "This makes it increasingly difficult for pollinators to locate the flowers?and the more air pollution there is in a region, the greater the destruction of the flower scents."

If major countries are going to send astronauts to the moon, to scoop up the valuable fuel lying on the surface, it would be nice if they could smell the flowers in the pollution-free atmosphere up there, which may be why some researchers are investigating the possibility of growing flowers on the lunar surface.

Art credit: freeimages.co.uk

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