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Polluting Happiness (The News)

Nov 20, 2017

Pakistan’s The News published a feature on rising air pollution in Lahore, referring to Xiaobo Zhang’s latest research “Happiness in the Air: How a Dirty Sky Affects Mental Health and Subjective Well-being”. The article quoted Zhang who explained how lower air visibility, reduces shorter-term happiness and raised the rate of depressive symptoms. “This reduction in happiness was more pronounced with people concerned with environmental problems, who worked outdoors, earned lower incomes, or had young children,” said Zhang.