Study Shows Older Black Adults Are Three Times More Likely To Die of Air Pollution Than White Adults – The Root – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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A new study reveals that older Black adults are three times more likely to die of air pollution than white adults. The report is part of a data analysis released this month by Industrial Economics, a consulting firm commissioned by the Environmental Defense Fund.

Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. census data was analyzed as well as health and mortality rates of those who receive Medicare. In addition, the report included peer-reviewed studies on elderly adults’ exposure to air pollutants which determined who is the most vulnerable and by how much.

What it revealed was that people of color were at risk the most when the U.S. elder population (65 and older) was examined. Experts concluded the study shows how race plays a crucial rol


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