4. An Estimated 6% of NYC Deaths Are Caused By Air Pollution According to the Department of Environmental Protection
According to the Department of Environmental Protection, New York City air pollution contributes to 6% of annual deaths. The DEP works in cooperation with the New York Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) to monitor the city’s air pollution, which includes asbestos, elemental carbon, sulfur dioxide and ozone. To reduce the amount of air pollutants, the DOHMH partners with Queens College for the New York City Community Air Survey which measures the air pollution at 150 locations around the city.