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Loose Change: Study finds lingering disparities in air pollution

July 31, 2020
A new study by three university researchers and a senior economist at the U.S. Census Bureau finds that low-income environmental justice (EJ) communities continue to face significantly high and lingering levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) air pollution after several decades, compared to less polluted areas where PM2.5 levels remain lower. “Disadvantaged communities remain persistently exposed to higher levels of air pollution,” said researcher Jonathan Colmer, an assistant professor in the Department of Economics at the University of Virginia. “This...

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