Statistical Grok: A Tale of Two Cities: New York Vs. Hong Kongby Bill Chameides | August 15th, 2008
posted by Wendy Graber (Researcher)
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|New York City||Hong Kong|
|Land area (square miles)||469||426|
|Population density (people per sq mi)||17,647||16,345|
|“Real feel” population density (people per sq mi)*||28,923||81,727|
|Life expectancy (years)||81.1 female||84 female|
|75.7 male||78 male|
|Air quality (number of days that exceed AQI/API)**||12||49|
|Air pollutants (2002)|
|Sulfur dioxide, SO4 (metric tons)||30,147||67,600|
|Nitrogen oxides, NOx (metric tons)||126,786||86,500|
|Primary electricity sources***|
|Other renewables||3%||< 1%|
|Per capita greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) (metric tons)****||7.1||5.5|
|Percent world’s GHG emissions||0.25%||0.1%|
*Total land area minus water and undeveloped area.
**Air quality ranking systems in the US (AQI) and Hong Kong (API) use a similar scale but examine different pollutants.
***Electricity breakdown is for all of New York State.
****Average U.S. per capita GHG emissions are 24.5 metric tons.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, December 20, 2006 – http://www.nyc.gov/html/doh/html/pr2006/pr120-06.shtml
New York City Department of Environmental Protection, A Report Based on the Ongoing Work of the DEP Climate Change Task Force; May 2008, Report 1 –
United Nations Development Program, Human Development Reports, 2007/2008 Report – http://hdrstats.undp.org/countries/data_sheets/cty_ds_HKG.html
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hong Kong Review, May/June 2007 – http://www.mfat.govt.nz/Media-and-publications/Publications/Newsletters/North-
Environmental Protection Agency – http://pubweb.epa.gov/air/airtrends/pdfs/allpw2006.pdf
Environmental Protection Department, Hong Kong Air Pollutant Emission Inventory – http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/english/environmentinhk/air/data/emission_inve.html#1
Edison Electric Institute – http://www.getenergyactive.org/fuel/state.htm
New York Department of Environmental Conservation, NYSIP for PM2.5 (Annual NAAQS) Attainment Demonstration for the NY Metro Area – Draft Proposal, Appendix E – http://www.dec.ny.gov/chemical/43972.htmlfiled under: faculty, fossil fuels, Statistically Speaking
and: air pollution, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, Hong Kong, New York