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The co-benefits of reducing greenhouse gases

This is Science Today. Low-income communities and communities of color living in urban areas are affected more by the effects of climate change. This, according to a study led by Rachel Morello-Frosch of the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health. Morello-Frosch calls this problem the ‘Climate Gap’.


Morello-Frosch:         We’ve suggested some broad based solutions that we think can be part of the mix as policy makers debate how we address climate change and how we address the climate gap. One of the solutions that we proposed is to target greenhouse gas emissions in the communities that need them the most, that are disproportionately hosting the industrial facilities that are not only releasing greenhouse gases, but that are also releasing significant amounts of pollution.


Narrator:       Morello-Frosch says these co-pollutants that are released with greenhouse gases are particulates and air toxins.


 Morello-Frosch:        And so there’s a lot of what we call co-benefits, pollution reductions that can result in immediate improvements in environmental health for those communities.


Narrator:       For Science Today, I’m Larissa Branin.