Ethnic minority children are exposed to more noise pollution at school

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US schoolchildren from ethnic minority or poorer backgrounds are much more likely to be exposed to noise pollution from cars and planes, the first effort to map the problem has found.

While white pupils make up around half of the country’s 50 million schoolchildren, only 35 per cent of the pupils exposed to high levels of road traffic noise are white, Timothy Collins at the University of Utah and his colleagues found. Hispanic children, on the other hand, make up 26 per cent of school age students, but accound for nearly the same proportion of …