SESYNC Research Featured in The Huffington Post

Research supported by the National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC), is covered in the February 3 edition of The Huffington Post in an article, called "The Worst Polluters Are In The Most Vulnerable Neighborhoods, Study Finds." The research—which was published in an article in IOP Science titled "Linking 'toxic outliers' to environmental justice communities"—focuses on cross-linking pollution extremes to race and socio-economic status.

A heat map showing the locations of industrial polluters in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Delaware
A heat map showing the locations of industrial polluters.
Ian Muñoz/SESYNC

The story begins:

Not all polluters are created equal.

Just five percent of industrial polluters account for 90 percent of toxic emissions in the United States, according to a new study published in the journal Environmental Research Letters last week.

What’s more, these “super polluters” tend to cluster in low-income and minority communities, putting poor people and people of color at an “exponentially elevated risk” from industrial contaminants.   

Continue reading at The Huffington Post.