Cumulative Risk: Air Pollution & Population Vulnerability

Factors such as age, income and race can increase vulnerability to air pollution.   Many of these factors depend on the neighborhood.  As an example, Figure 1 shows the cumulative impact index across Detroit, which accounts for air pollution, hazardous land uses, and population vulnerabilities across the area.  Section 6 provides greater detail four areas of Detroit, and includes tables and maps of pollution sources, vulnerabilities and susceptibilities.  Locations with higher proportions of people of color are more likely to experience higher exposures to air pollutants and associated health risks, and also to contain higher proportions of populations that are susceptible to their adverse health effects (e.g., young children, older adults).

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Alison Walding
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Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments

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