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Compact development reduces air pollution but may harm health, study finds

Compact urban development that discourages commuting by car— touted as a way to increase exercise and reduce automobile  emissions—may slightly lower average regional particulate matter (PM) concentrations in air. Such development, however, could raise the risk of adverse health effects  because clustering of individuals in high-PM areas increases exposure. A study led by ESE doctoral student Theodore Mansfield advises urban planners to account for health effects from local air quality.



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