Study finds exposure to air pollution higher for people of color regardless of region or income

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In the United States, people of color breathe more particulate air pollution on average, a finding that holds across income levels and regions of the US, according to a study by researchers at the EPA-funded Center for Air, Climate, and Energy Solutions. The findings expand a body of evidence showing that African Americans, Hispanics, Asians, and other people of color are disproportionately exposed to a regulated air pollutant called fine particulate matter (PM2.5).

The findings, published in April 2021 in Science Advances, have serious public health implications–exposure to PM2.5 can cause lung and heart problems, especially for those with chronic disease, younger people, older people, and other more vulnerable populations. 

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