Study: Deadly air pollutant ‘disproportionately and systematically’ harms Americans of color

Washington Post: Deadly air pollutant ‘disproportionately and systematically’ harms Americans of color, study finds. Black, Latino and Asian Americans face higher levels of exposure to fine particulate matter from traffic, construction and other sources.

Nearly every source of the nation’s most pervasive and deadly air pollutant disproportionately affects Americans of color, regardless of their state or income level, according to a study published Wednesday. The analysis of fine-particle matter, which includes soot, shows how decisions made decades ago about where to build highways and industrial plants continue to harm the health of Black, Latino and Asian Americans today.

The findings of researchers from five universities, published in the online journal Science Advances, provide the most detailed evidence to date of how Americans of color have not reaped the same benefits as White Americans, even though the country has made major strides in curbing pollution from cars, trucks, factories and other sources.

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