New York City Tracks Pollution on Internet

NEW YORK, Dec. 8 (UPI) — People in New York can now monitor the city’s environmental conditions and certain health conditions via their computers, officials said.

The city health department’s new Environmental Public Health Tracking Portal — at — provides continually updated information on everything from air quality and housing quality to pest levels and pesticide use.

“Until now, it has been hard to compare environmental health conditions across the city’s many neighborhoods,” Daniel Kass, the city health department’s acting deputy commissioner for environmental health, said in a statement.

“Now anyone can track issues of concern — for a neighborhood, a borough or the whole of New York City.”

The portal offers various ways to explore environmental health data. For example, users can see pesticide use by neighborhood, or view how closely related childhood asthma hospitalizations are with exposure to second-hand cigarette smoke in the home, Kass said.

The portal can also highlight citywide trends, such as the number of days on which air-quality advisories have been issued for general or special populations.

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