A Breath of Injustice: Navigating Air Quality Disparities and Health Consequences in Economically Challenged Neighborhoods
The goal of this project is to highlight the potential of green spaces in mitigating air pollution and the associated health risks.
Chelsea Nan, Matthew Diaz, Arpita Sushil, Justin Clarke
Doris Hernandez, Fayeza Akter
We initiated this experiment with the intent to assess the effectiveness of green spaces in improving air quality in New York City. Concurrently, we explored the relationship between poor air quality and its impact on human health. Given the recent Canadian wildfires, there has been speculation about the potential normalization of poor air quality in NYC. Consequently, we embarked on an investigation into methods for preventing or mitigating the adverse effects of poor air quality on human health. By gaining a deeper understanding of how to counteract the effects of inadequate air quality, we can create a healthier environment for all residents. To achieve this, we delved into existing studies examining the connections between air quality, health, and green spaces. Additionally, we established a simulation to depict air quality within various neighborhoods of New York City. Utilizing a compact sensor to detect pollutant levels, a candle as a pollutant source, and plants for air filtration, all enclosed within a controlled environment within a Mason jar, our model served as a proxy for evaluating how plants influence air quality in NYC’s neighborhoods. Through our experiments, we discovered that the presence of plants in pollution-prone areas significantly enhances air quality. Our goal is to highlight the potential of green spaces in mitigating air pollution and the associated health risks.
This page was originally developed by BioBus Summer 2021 Jr. Scientist William Rhee.