Pollution isn’t good for us, and if you were exposed to organophosphate pesticides while pregnant, your kids may have lower IQs. One of these pesticides is malathion, which is commonly used on houseplants.
And FISH are suffering from pollution too! A new study finds that zebra fish exposed to a commonly-used flame retardant called polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) during early development can cause developmental malformations, changes in behavior and death, and if this happens to zebra fish, it’s likely to effect some of those lovely fish we like to eat as well.
New research suggests that long-term exposure to air pollution can lead to physical changes in the brain, as well as learning and memory problems and even depression. While other studies have shown the damaging effects of polluted air on the heart and lungs, this is one of the first studies to show the negative impact on the brain.