This will probably disappear into the ether, but this is good news (boldface mine):
On Thursday New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that cleaner air is now preventing nearly 800 deaths and 2,000 emergency room visits annually. He was speaking as part of a week of climate-related events in the city that coincides with the release of the Fifth IPCC Assessment report.
Bloomberg said the level of sulfur dioxide in the air has gone down by 69 percent since 2008 and that the level of soot pollution has gone down by 23 percent since 2007. The numbers come from the city’s Community Air Survey, which measured street level air pollution at 150 locations from 2008 to 2010 and at 100 sites from 2010 to 2013.
To put this in context, 414 people were murdered in New York City in 2012 and 515 in 2011. Though, given our ability to clean the air and the unwillingness in some quarters to do so, we’re continuing to murder lots of people. Even if we don’t want to admit it.
Clean air matters.