Study: Pollution Disproportionately Affects Minorities But Caused by White People

Mar 13, 2019

Back in the U.S., a new study finds that Latinx and black communities suffer the most from the effects of pollution, despite white Americans disproportionately creating more emissions. The report, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, says that Latinx and black Americans are exposed to over 50 percent more fine particulate matter than is directly caused by their consumption habits, while white people are exposed to 17 percent less pollution than they are responsible for. Particulate matter comes from industrial pollution, coal-fired power plants, agriculture and vehicular pollution.

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