Miles away, years apart: Air pollution steals time from Black communities

By , Daily Memphian Updated: May 04, 2023 11:02 AM CT | Published: May 03, 2023 4:00 AM CT

Air pollution is a global issue when it comes to longevity. In Shelby County, there are five air monitoring sites but not one in southwest Memphis, where residents have some of the area’s lowest life expectancies. 


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Keely Brewer

Keely Brewer

Keely Brewer is a Report for America corps member covering environmental impacts on communities of color in Memphis. She is working in partnership with the Ag & Water Desk, a sustainable reporting network aimed at telling water and agriculture stories across the Mississippi River Basin.


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