Study Confirms Fine Particulate Air Pollution Disproportionately Affects People of Color in the United States

An article in the April 2021 edition of Science Advances details how ambient fine particulate air pollution polluters disproportionately affect people of color in the United States. The study found “emission sources that disproportionately expose” people of color “are pervasive throughout society.” Fine particulate air pollution exposures are “higher than average for POC [People of Color], Blacks, Hispanics, and Asians,” and “lower than average for Whites.”  The researchers note their “core findings are consistent across states, urban and rural areas, and concentration levels, rendering it improbably that they are attributable to model or measurement bias.”

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