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20/4/2018

ISGlobal: Ethnicity and socioeconomic level influence levels of exposure to air and noise polution

ISGlobal: Ethnicity and socioeconomic level influence levels of exposure to air and noise polution


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Household income and ethnic origin influence levels of exposure to air and noise pollution, but the pattern is complex. These are the results of a new study performed in London by a team of researchers from ISGlobal, King’s College London, the Imperial College of London and London University.

The results of this study, which used  mobility data of 45,000 people and was published in the journal Environment International, showed that people with higher household incomes were less exposed to NO2 at their residence as compared to lower incomes, but had higher personal exposure due to a greater use of private transport and trip duration and moment (during rush hours). In contrast, inequalities in road traffic noise exposure were generally small. However, people exposed to noise equal or superior to 50dB from aircrafts arriving to or leaving from Heathrow were white individuals with high income. –Carlos Sierra/PRBB

More information:
ISGlobal website

Reference article:
Cathryn Tonne, Carles Milà, Daniela Fecht, Mar Alvarez, John Gulliver, James Smith, Sean Beevers, H. Ross Anderson, Frank Kelly. Socioeconomic and ethnic inequalities in exposure to air and noise pollution in London. Environment International. 2018 Mar 22;115:170-179. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2018.03.023.