A view overlooking salt lake valley from the University of Utah campus at sunset. On the horizon, you can see faint mountains that are obscured by hazy air, showing an example of air pollution that builds up in the valley.

Air pollution spikes reduce test scores

More frequent peak air pollution exposure was associated with reduced math and English language arts test scores for third graders in all primary public schools in Salt Lake County.


Graphic designer and U assistant professor Yvette Shen dove into the data surrounding Salt Lake’s air pollution problem and created an interactive visualization of changing air quality over 35 years. You’ll be surprised by what she found.