Pollution & Health


Allen, Adrienne, MD, MPH, "I am short of breath, I can't walk." Clean Power Coalition, August 8, 2021

American Chemical Society. "Tracking air pollution disparities -- daily -- from space." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 22 August 2022. 

Clean Energy Group’s Peaker Plant Mapping Tool

Clean Energy Group & Strategen, The Peaker Problem: An Overview of Peaker Power Plant Facts and Impacts in Boston, Philadelphia, and Detroit. July, 2022

Fuller, Gary, Even low levels of air pollution can damage health, study finds, The Guardian, August 12, 2022

HEI Panel on the Health Effects of Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution 2022. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Selected Health Effects of Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution, Special Report 23. Boston, MA: Health Effects Institute [HEI is a nonprofit corporation chartered in 1980 as an independent research organization to provide high-quality, impartial, and relevant science on the health effects of air pollution.]

HEI Traffic Review Webinar: Health Effects of Traffic-Related Air Pollution, Health Effects Institute, Webinar recording July 16, 2022

Kuebler, Martin, Health groups call for fossil fuel nonproliferation treaty, DW.com, September 14, 2022

Landrigan, P.J., Fisher, S., Kenny, M.E. et al. A replicable strategy for mapping air pollution’s community-level health impacts and catalyzing prevention. Environ Health 21,70 (2022).

Mass Clean Air, Health Effect of Air Pollution in your Town (Map)

Mass Clean Air, Spreadsheet of town data

Mass Clean Air, Contacting Policy-Makers, The first step towards a Clean Air Massachusetts Provides a list of policies and actions that can reduce pollution; advocacy at the local and state levels.

Mass Climate Action Network

Neslen, Arthur, Health groups call for global fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty, The Guardian.com, September 14, 2022

Power, Maria Belen,  Sofia Owen, Ellin Reisner, Karl/Claire Müller and Staci Rubin, "Massachusetts needs to improve air quality in pollution hotspots (viewpoint)," MassLive, August 20, 2020  Urges adoption of the Air Quality Bill.

United States Census, QuickFacts, Peabody city, Massachusetts

Air Quality Monitors

Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) (19 monitors)


AirNow map of air quality

AirNow Monitors

Purple Air

Provides a choice of variables to display.


Detailed information at Peabody Square including historical data; select a different location for similar data.


IQ AIR provides data using the sources of Mass DEP, purple air, and IQ sensors to map Air Quality, PM2.5, NO2, and CO.

Additional sources:

CBS News, Global pollution kills 9 million people each year, study finds  MAY 17, 2022 

WHO, Leading causes of death globally