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Clean Air for All Resource Library

Everyone deserves a breath of fresh air. Clean, healthy air is critical for our well-being, learning, and quality of life. How do we know?

We've done the research.

Learn more about the importance of healthy air in the Project N95 Clean Air for All resource library.

Equity Research on Clean Air

Protestors block the delivery of toxic PCB waste to a landfill in Afton, North Carolina, 1982

The Environmental Justice Movement

"Environmental justice is an important part of the struggle to improve and maintain a clean and healthful environment, especially for those who [live, work, and play closest] to the sources of pollution."

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Historical Redlining Is Associated with Present-Day Air Pollution Disparities in U.S. Cities

Historical Redlining Is Associated with Disparities

"Communities of color in the United States are systematically exposed to higher levels of air pollution. We explore here how redlining [...] relates to present-day [...] disparities."

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The eastern section of Rochester’s Inner Loop highway, before it was removed

Can Removing Highways Fix America's Cities?

"Highways radically reshaped cities, destroying dense downtown neighborhoods, dividing many Black communities and increasing car dependence. Now, some cities are looking to take them out."

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Health Research on Clean Air

Research on Health Effects from Air Pollution Human Heart and Lungs Graphic

Research on Health Effects from Air Pollution

"Decades of research have shown that air pollutants such as ozone and particulate matter (PM) increase the amount and seriousness of lung and heart disease and other health problems."

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Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act 1990-2020 Report Cover Image

Benefits and Costs of the Clean Air Act 1990-2020

"According to [the Second Prospective Report, which looked at the results of the Clean Air Act from 1990 to 2020,] the central benefits estimate exceeds costs by a factor of more than 30 to one."

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Reducing Mortality from Air Pollution in the United States Mortality Graphic

Reducing Mortality from Air Pollution in the United States

"Exposure to air pollution is still associated with 100000–200000 deaths annually [...] We find that nearly half of the deaths can be attributed to just five activities."

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Education Research on Clean Air

School and Pollution Kids by Road Highway Brookings Institution Image

The importance of clean air in classrooms

"As the school experience continues to be reinvented, research points to an overlooked but potentially critical factor when thinking about reopening [and school safety]: air quality."

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The Journal of Environmental Economics and Management

Indoor air quality and academic performance

"This paper evaluates the effect of indoor air quality (IAQ) in school buildings on students' standardized test scores [and found that renovation] significantly improved test scores."

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 Data from daily monitoring of ambient air quality by Quanzhou Environmental Monitoring Station in 2002

Association of Traffic-Related Air Pollution

"We found a significant relationship between chronic low-level traffic-related air pollution exposure and neurobehavioral function in exposed children. More studies are needed to explore the effects."

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