AOS-led study reveals air for disadvantaged L.A. residents is more polluted, more toxic

Alex Flores

A new study reveals people dealing with the most socioeconomic disadvantages in Los Angeles are not only exposed to higher amounts of air pollution but also higher levels of toxicity. “Overall, people living in these places experience about 65% higher toxicity than people in the most advantaged group,” says Suzanne Paulson (study’s senior author).

Jiaqi Shen, the study’s lead author and AOS PhD candidate, emphasized the findings’ importance by saying, “disadvantaged areas can face a situation where the environment is worse, and there is also less access to health care and good nutrition, increasing their health risks.”

This is the first U.S. study to link air pollution toxicity to socioeconomic conditions. Learn more about the article here.