Study: Minorities Create Less Air Pollution, Breathe More Of It
HISPANICS AND BLACKS CREATE LESS AIR POLLUTION THAN WHITES, BUT BREATHE MORE OF IT, STUDY FINDS
(CNN) – A new study indicates minorities in the U.S. create less air pollution, but have to breathe more of it.
Researchers pinpointed products and services created with a byproduct of air pollution factories and transportation, for example.
The researchers then examined what demographics were buying or benefiting from these goods and services.
Finally, they identified areas that experienced the most air pollution and broke those areas down by demographics.
The results indicated that white populations in the U.S. contribute more to air pollution than Hispanic and African-American populations.
But those same minority populations are more likely to be breathing in the air pollution created.
Despite the disparity, there is some good news.
The study concluded that levels of fine particulate matter pollution, a type of pollution especially harmful to humans fell across the country between 2003 and 2015 and that’s something everyone can benefit from.
The study was published this week in the proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.