NAACP report says African Americans at environmental risk

More than a million African Americans are facing an increased risk of cancer and asthma because they live near oil or natural gas refineries, which translates into breathing polluted air, based on a report released by the NAACP.

The report says African American students miss 100,000 school days each year because of ozone smog and the race as a whole accounts for 138,000 asthma attacks in the U.S. because of pollution. Authors of the study say their estimates likely downplays just how dangerous the situation really is.