Pollution is such an easy thing to complain and do absolutely nothing about. Everyone hysterically proclaims its evils, how we simply “MUST” do something about it.

Despite the fact that China pollutes more and pollutes harder than we have since the Chester A. Arthur administration.

Studies have recently come out indicating that pollution not only chokes off our lungs, not only gives us cancer, but evil of evils, makes us dumb:

Researchers for the first time have linked air pollution exposure before birth with lower IQ scores in childhood, bolstering evidence that smog may harm the developing brain.

Doesn’t seem to be harming China too much.

Also, that meme that they have to project virtual sunrises in Tiananmen Square so people know what time of day it is?

Yeah…that was an ad for a travel agency.

Anyway, back to the questionable study:

The results are in a study of 249 children of New York City women who wore backpack air monitors for 48 hours during the last few months of pregnancy. They lived in mostly low-income neighborhoods in northern Manhattan and the South Bronx. They had varying levels of exposure to typical kinds of urban air pollution, mostly from car, bus and truck exhaust.

Exactly. They found a neighborhood situation where the children would not have scored high on IQ testing (low-income neighborhood, unstable family, decrepit schooling system). Now they’re blaming pollution. But note how they don’t do a comparison with a low pollution low income neighborhood (somewhere around Jackson MS) to see if pollution truly was the problem.

Like I said—doesn’t seem to be harming China too much.

STAHP you’re gonna make him/her/most likely him stupid!

Anyway, science agrees with me. Pollution is actually a sign of…intelligence:

Humanity is on the threshold of being able to detect signs of alien life on other worlds. By studying exoplanet atmospheres, we can look for gases like oxygen and methane that only coexist if replenished by life. But those gases come from simple life forms like microbes. What about advanced civilizations? Would they leave any detectable signs?

They might, if they spew industrial pollution into the atmosphere. New research by theorists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) shows that we could spot the fingerprints of certain pollutants under ideal conditions. This would offer a new approach in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI).

The types of pollution they’re looking for are CFCs (the hairspray pollution) which we have since banned, so if any aliens are trying to find us, guess what?

We turned on our nightvision!

People often refer to ETs as ‘little green men,’ but the ETs detectable by this method should not be labeled ‘green’ since they are environmentally unfriendly,” adds Harvard co-author Avi Loeb.

*keels over*