Cap and trade may be increasing pollution in communities of color, says study

A refinery seen from the Pacific Coast Highway at Sanford Avenue in Wilmington on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2017.
A refinery seen from the Pacific Coast Highway at Sanford Avenue in Wilmington on Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 31, 2017.
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California’s cap and trade program is doing a really good job fighting climate change, but it may be worsening air pollution in parts of the state. And not just anywhere, but in neighborhoods where the most vulnerable Californians live. That’s the finding of a new study from researchers at UC Berkeley and San Francisco State University.

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