October 29, 2006

Truck Exhaust, Asthma, and Education

Today's NY Times has a story, Study Links Truck Exhaust To Schoolchildren's Asthma, which describes a study of NYU's George Thurston, among other researchers, who sent 10 public-school students in the Bronx around with equipment-stuffed backpacks. Not surprisingly, the pollutants from the diesel trucks on the expressways, in the large Bronx markets, and on the clogged roads leading to waste treatment facilities were surprisingly high. Or, rather, not surprising at all to anyone who is familiar with traffic in the Bronx.

Asthma does not account for all educational difficulties, but it's amazing what you can do when you can breathe. In this particular case, aggressive enforcement of environmental air-quality standards is educational policy.

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Posted in Education policy on October 29, 2006 1:19 AM |