Air Pollution

Mayor de Blasio’s take on NYC:

Where You Live Determines The Cleanliness Of The Air You Breathe.

“In New York City, we are fighting the climate crisis as though our lives depend on it, and we are fighting inequality with the same sense of urgency. We have to do both at the same time. In fact, the very process of addressing our environmental challenges is part of how we are making New York City the fairest big city in America.”

Global Pollution Struggle:

Huffington Post:

92% of people globally live in places with dangerous levels of air pollution.

Every year, millions of people die as a result of air pollution-related illnesses. According to the World Health Organization, 11.6 percent of all deaths worldwide are associated with air pollution, making it almost as deadly as tobacco.

Watery eyes, wheezing and difficulty breathing are acute and common reactions. But air pollution has other, less perceptible but insidious effects — and it can harm you even before you take your first breath. Exposure to high levels of air pollution during pregnancy has been linked to miscarriages and premature births, as well as autism spectrum disorder and asthma in children

In a comprehensive study [Air Pollution and Mortality in the Medicare Population of the effects of air pollution in the United States, scientists at Harvard University found air pollution is especially dangerous for men, the poor and African-Americans, who are about three times as likely to die from exposure to the tiny pollutants.

HuffPost takes a look at what the WHO has declared a public health emergency.

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