Air Pollution and Environmental Justice
The air quality throughout the state of California varies from county to county. California also contains several large urban areas with a diverse population of varied racial and socioeconomic background. The aim of this study is to examine how people of different race and socioeconomic status are affected by air pollution as indicated by PM2.5 (particulate matter <2.5µm). PM2.5 is known to trigger and worsen chronic diseases such as asthma. In this study, we are going to examine (1) the links between asthma and PM2.5; and (2) the associations between PM2.5 concentrations and the socio-demographic characters of the population. We are also going to examine how such relationships vary in space through geographically weighted regression models. Investigating air quality with a focus on environmental justice helps us to consider the inequalities of more vulnerable social groups, and can help us learn more about what can be done to mitigate such inequalities.
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Stander Symposium poster
"Air Pollution and Environmental Justice" (2019). Stander Symposium Posters. 1764.