An estimated 4.2 million premature deaths are associated with outdoor air pollution each year. And traffic emissions are one of the leading contributors, with those living within a quarter mile or so of a busy road at greatest risk. But statistics and facts will only get you so far. To change perceptions and policy, the issue must be brought to a human level. And while our air quality has improved over the years, there is still work to be done, especially with communities most at risk.
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Reporting, writing, hosting: Kristan Uhlenbrock
Producing, marketing: Tricia Waddell
Additional writing: Meredith Sell
Additional reporting and fact-checking: Nicole Delaney and Kate Long
Sound design: Seth Samuels with tracks from Epidemic Sounds
Audio engineering: Jesse Boynton