• Houston Case Study
    Houston Case Study

    The Houston Study

    Nearly half of Houston’s schools face elevated pollution

    Our researchers found nitrogen dioxide (NO2) above the typical citywide levels outside nearly half (46%) of the schools and childcare centers in the areas we monitored. This kind of exposure to nitrogen oxides among children (NO and NO2) can result in the development and exacerbations of asthma and bronchitis.

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  • Health Impacts of Air Pollution

    Children, the elderly, and people with existing diseases are even more vulnerable and susceptible to harm from breathing unhealthy air. And low-income communities and communities of color often experience higher exposure to air pollution and bear a greater burden of the health and economic impacts.

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  • “Clean air should be a human right. I fight for clean air to help people of color and communities that are more likely to be located along the fencelines of harmful sources of pollution. I spent my formative years in communities bombarded by businesses and facilities that impacted air quality. There were car-crushing facilities, landfills, and major freeways in close proximity to our homes. It is important to work to ensure that families and children don’t continue to face poor air quality concerns and the resulting poor health outcomes.”

    Denae W. KingDenae W. KingResearch Program Manager, The Mickey Leland Center for Environment, Justice, and Sustainability at the Barbara Jordan-Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University
  • Finding Pollution Sources

    Analysts use a variety of methods, depending on budget, capacity and existing data sources–to pinpoint the sources of pollution. For example, so-called source-based approaches start at the point from where air pollution is flowing and follow emissions as they mix, react, disperse and move through the atmosphere.

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    Girl on playground near power plant
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Study of pollution health impacts on West Oakland, California residents

EDF partnered with Kaiser Permanente to combine data from our original study with the electronic health records of 41,000 people in Oakland to better understand just how much place matters in driving health disparities.