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The unexpected consequences of air pollution

The number of deaths caused by air pollution, as well as cardiovascular, respiratory diseases and cancers due to particulate matters are often reported. We can now add to this list the increase in the number of crimes. A study in London and its surroundings found a connection between air pollution peaks and the increase in petty crimes such as shoplifting and pickpocketing. This is due to the production of a hormone (cortisol), which influences the risk perception.