Report: Building emissions contribute to dangerous outdoor air pollution October 5, 2023

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Plummer pointed out taken together, homes in Washington state emit about five times as much nitrogen oxide as gas-fired power plants. Nitrogen oxides contribute to climate change and are linked to harmful health effects. The report was released by Sierra Club, Physicians for Social Responsibility and WE ACT for Environmental Justice.

Plummer noted people of color are disproportionately affected by poor outdoor air pollution from buildings.

“These communities that are historically marginalized are often times living in areas with higher density of gas use or other pollutants that further exacerbate the nitrous oxide pollution associated with buildings,” Plummer emphasized.

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