Today is the fourth day of Air Quality Awareness Week focusing on Environmental Justice & Air Quality. Clean air is important for everyone’s health. Yet, studies show that many people are disproportionately impacted by air pollution, including those who live in communities of color and low-income communities. Exposure to poor air quality has been found to cause short and long-term health effects, especially for older adults, children and pregnant women. The health burden of air pollution is higher for those living in areas of poor air quality. Residents of low-income neighborhoods and communities may be more vulnerable to air pollution because of proximity to air pollution sources such as factories, major roadways and ports with diesel truck operations. They also may be more susceptible to air pollution because of social and economic factors.
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