Report: US Whites Cause Pollution — and Minorities Breathe It
A new study published by health journal PNAS confirmed that America’s Black and Hispanic communities are far more likely than White ones to experience dangerous levels of air pollution, leaving minority groups at higher risk of health problems. But researchers went further: Relying partly on census data, they found that consumption habits by White Americans cause much of that pollution.
How deadly is poor air quality? It’s America’s single largest environmental health risk, reportedly causing more deaths each year than accidents and murders combined.