Soros: How much air pollution do you live with? It may depend on your skin color

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Guardian: How much air pollution are you exposed to in your daily life? The answer may depend on the color of your skin, a new study released Wednesday confirms.

The study published in Environmental Health Perspectives found that, no matter which of the main types of air pollutants you look at, people of color are breathing more of it.

And while great progress has been made in reducing deadly pollutants in the air in the US over recent decades, the racial disparities have persisted, according to the work by an international team of researchers led by the University of Washington (UW).

“For all pollutants, where there were noticeable differences in pollution levels, the most exposed group was a minority group,” said lead author Jiawen Liu, UW doctoral student in civil and environmental engineering. And she said “the racial and ethnic disparities existed in all states.”

The research also showed that race mattered more than income in determining who lives with the most air pollution.

The study scientifically confirms what many Black and brown communities, which have endured outsized amounts of industrial smoke and freeway pollutants, have been saying for decades.

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https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/dec/15/air-pollution-people-of-color-breathe-more-us-study

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5 COMMENTS

  1. 2017:
    Forbes, of all places, had a headline called:

    “Pollution Kills More People Than… Anything.”

    Imagine if Trump’s Mammon Worshipping Bible Belt Base were as melodramatic about that, as masks in a pandemic.

    It’d be a different country. Different 🌍!

  2. Ah hum,…,…,…. No mention of the Navajo Nation. Just to add some color to the Black and Brown communities at risk. When it takes more than 50 years for science to catch up with facts on the ground, you start to wounder what is so good about science. Hey I hear smoking is bad for you too. You could talk to some Monkey Wrencher’s about the Four Corners Power Plant. No conspiracies, government cover-ups or FBI inflitration problems to see there. Institutional, governmental discrimination is SOP in the good old USA

  3. The prevailing winds determine the spread area of fly ash. The wealthy determine the location of the stacks. The wealthy neighborhoods are not placed in that area.
    Eating paint chips is not normal , but coming in from outside covered in fly ash from the soil is. This is a much more likely source of lead poisoning in children than paint.
    The lead stays on top of the soil. Normal dirt does not cause black handprints (soot) found in all cities downstream from the stacks. Much has been spent to keep this from the public.

    • I HATE dusty hands 🙌 from outdoor 🏀.
      Messes up my shot, RRrrghhh.

      Lotsa spots in my dusty city of Phoenix surprisingly ain’t that bad. Even surrounded by dirt.

      But ballin’ in Dnipro Ukraine, on a court surrounded by grass, (& concrete) my hands were BLACK! I was like WTF!?