It’s summer getaway season. According to AAA, two-thirds of American families are taking a summer vacation this year, and more than half of us are planning a road trip.
But is the traffic-related air pollution caused by our road trips, as well as our daily commuting, having a negative impact on our health?
UConn Today discussed this question with environmental health expert Douglas Brugge, professor and Health Net Inc. Endowed Chair in Community Medicine at the UConn School of Medicine, whose research the last decade has focused on increasing scientific knowledge about the health risks associated with traffic-related air pollution, especially adjacent to highways.
Q: What is traffic actually releasing into the air, and where is it most prevalent?