Recently, with the help of Jamin Bogi from GASP, BYP members went out into the Braddock community using a particulate monitoring machine, which measures the amounts of different particles present in the air.
We were looking specifically for PM 2.5, which is a particle type emitted my diesel vehicles which is less than 2.5 micrometers. These types of particulate matter can be absorbed from your lungs, and directly into your blood stream, exposing you to the harmful carcinogens and toxins in diesel emissions very easily. Being exposed to diesel emissions for long periods of time can have adverse effects on your health, and it contributes to and makes worse many existing conditions like, asthma, heart disease, and atherosclerosis.
You can read about all of our finding and see the results of our air quality monitering research in braddock in our upcoming edition of Watz up Doc!