'An Unequal Air Pollution Burden at School'

Dr. Susan Anenberg, GWSPH

November 2, 2023

US air pollution burden

Credit: NASA Image of the Day for November 1, 2023

CHI Director Dr. Susan Anenberg, Professor and Chair of Environmental and Occupational Health in the Milken Institute School of Public Health, was quoted in a NASA feature entitled 'An Unequal Air Pollution Burden at School.' This feature centers a study led by Cheeseman et al. 2022 that uses satellite data to examine disparities in air pollution levels experienced by public school students across the U.S. Nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a gaseous pollutant known to impact lung function and increase the risk of respiratory illness, had the strongest relationship between race/ethnicity and measurements of air pollution.“We see a stronger relationship with NO2 because it is so short-lived and tends to be highest close to emission sources,” said Anenberg.