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The Pathological and Economic Consequences of Houston’s Air Pollution Catastrophe: A Youth's Perspective

Authors: Sanni Saari*, A&M Consolidated High School, Claire Wang*, A&M Consolidated High School, John Cairns, Allen Academy, Allen Li*, College Station Middle School, Edward Yang, Pecan Trail Intermediate School, Leah Cairns, Texas Academy of Mathematics & Science
Topics: Environmental Science, Environment, Environmental Perception
Keywords: Air pollution, GIScience, Green Tech, K12
Session Type: Poster
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Houston’s air pollution problem has massive implications for not only its citizens but also its economy. The results of this study provide solutions to divert the crisis from occurring, thus helping countless people and preventing further economic damage. The inspiration for this project came from observing the extremely dense smog around factory-concentrated areas. Seeing the contrast between Brazos County and Harrison County motivated us to further investigate and produce the results of this study. The approach towards this issue is situation-oriented, as the main focus, is the pathological and economic consequences of Houston’s air pollution catastrophe. The goal of this project is to inform people about how the severity of Houston’s air pollution impacts the area’s health, and how an unhealthy workforce negatively affects the economy. We will develop a spatial situational map that illustrates clusters of chemical manufacturing factories that emit harmful chemicals in the area of Houston. Finally, we will apply spatial analysis techniques to estimate its impact on humans and the environment. The primary method when searching for solutions is to first look at the obvious answers such as Green Tech and dig deeper into alternate solutions. The extensive research on Houston’s health, economics, and pollution, proved to yield our predicted results.

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