New York City’s air pollution crisis is so dire that more than half of the city’s households don’t have enough air-conditioning to use, a new poll finds.
The poll finds that 43 percent of respondents have been unable to get a good night’s sleep due to the citys severe air quality.
The numbers are more troubling for the children of the same age group, who are more than twice as likely to have difficulty sleeping in their own homes, according to the poll by the public-relations firm Public Policy Polling.
The survey was conducted in late March and early April, just as the first of the Super Bowl is in full swing.
It surveyed 4,000 New Yorkers about their air quality, which has worsened as temperatures have risen since the start of the season.
Among the most notable findings: Nearly two-thirds of New Yorkers (64 percent) say they can’t get enough air conditioners.
Nearly one-third (29 percent) have had trouble sleeping in the past month due to air quality levels, according the poll.
Nearly half (48 percent) of New York adults are unable to breathe in their homes due to ozone levels.
Almost two-in-three New Yorkers are worried about the future of the ozone layer, which protects the Earth from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet radiation.
The study was commissioned by the New York Public Library and the New Yorkers for Clean Air Campaign.
“The citys air quality has been so bad for so long, and the kids, their parents, are not even aware of it,” said Stephanie Cottrell, executive director of the New America Foundation.
“We know the problem is getting worse.
This is a serious problem.
People are worried, but they don’t want to think about it.”
Cottell said that despite the citywide uptick in asthma attacks, the prevalence of asthma is far lower than in other big cities, such as Washington, D.C., and San Francisco.
Still, the poll shows that many New York residents, especially those living in the suburbs, don’t seem to be taking the situation seriously enough.
“A majority of New Yorker say they think air quality will worsen, and they are concerned, but not too worried, with air quality,” Cottoll said.
The Poll of 1,000 People found that a whopping 66 percent of those polled think that the pollution will get worse in the coming months.
About half of New Jerseyans say they worry that the situation will get much worse in coming years, and New York’s numbers are similar to the ones found in Pennsylvania and Michigan, according a poll conducted by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Pennsylvania poll found that 58 percent of residents surveyed felt that air pollution would get worse by 2025.
The city of New Hampshire, which is in the middle of a summer of heat, also found that nearly half of its residents are concerned about the air quality and climate change.
“Climate change has led to significant declines in the prevalence and severity of asthma attacks in the city,” said the city of Manchester.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency estimates that more people have been killed from heat-related illnesses in New York this summer than from the Great Lakes and elsewhere, including Chicago, Washington, and California.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated in March that there were more than 6,000 confirmed and probable cases of asthma in the United States last year, and that asthma rates were increasing in some areas.
In New York, about 20 percent of children in public schools and 15 percent of students in day care are considered to be at risk of developing asthma, according for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
In some neighborhoods, such in Harlem and Staten Island, asthma has been linked to the construction of apartment buildings and other new housing developments.
The most dangerous part of the air-quality problem is that it has already started affecting people in other parts of the country.
The Environmental Protection Department says the number of premature deaths in the U.K. and other developed countries due to asthma, as well as in the Netherlands and Australia, are rising because of poor air quality regulations.
But there are also other, less severe consequences that could follow from the continued air-pollution crisis.
The New York Times reported in April that a new study by a University of Wisconsin researcher found that as many as 40 percent of New Zealanders could be exposed to unhealthy levels of ozone pollution if the country is to meet its 2020 targets.
The research, which was published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that between 2020 and 2030, a 10 percent decrease in air quality is projected to cause a 2.4 percent increase in premature deaths and 5 percent increase, or 8,400 to 11,400, in hospitalizations.