There’s a lot of chuckling around the water cooler today about a study being reported on in the press of research that shows that poor air quality ‘makes you stupid’.

The new study suggests that poor air quality can shave off a year’s worth of schooling from your intelligence which if you haven’t had many in the first place can be significant.

Times of Malta pointedly reminds us Malta’s air ranks among the most polluted in all of Europe.

That explains a lot of things, some quipped. A comment I saw said the poor air quality in the Grand Harbour area (see this report on a Birdlife study on the subject) might explain the quality of debates in our House of Representatives.

Could be funny I suppose. Except I breathe the same air.