Hard to Breathe

Image: “The worst readings are near heavy traffic areas and often where displaced people are living in camps,” says Mary Davis. Photo: Ann Rappaport

now.tufts.edu - April 23rd, 2014 - Gail Bambrick

Air pollution in the island nation of Haiti can reach levels considered hazardous by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, according to recent findings by Tufts researchers.

The researchers—associate professor Mary Davis and Ann Rappaport in the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning—say that air pollution levels put people at higher risk for respiratory illnesses, including lung cancer and heart disease.

For their study, Davis and Rappaport monitored the levels of particulates produced by combustion in Haiti’s two largest cities, Port-au-Prince and Cap-Haïtien, for a week in May 2013.

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