NYC’s Worst Air Quality Day Since 1960’s
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2023 United States East Coast wildfire smoke, excerpt from wikipedia, in italics, below:
On June 6, 2023, the East Coast of the United States began experiencing wildfire smoke from the 2023 Central Canada wildfires. The smoke prompted school closures, affected businesses, delayed flights and caused smoke inhalation among residents. The smoke from wildfires in Quebec drifted into the Northeastern United States on June 5–6 and triggered air quality alerts for most of New York, Connecticut and some of the surrounding states, as well as the Midwestern states of Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. By the night of June 6, New York City had the worst air pollution of any major city in the world; by the morning of June 7 it had fallen to second place, behind Delhi. This also marked the city’s worst air quality since the 1960s.
By June 7, air quality alerts also went out to residents in the Delaware Valley in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware, and to additional areas in New England. In Syracuse, New York, the air quality index surpassed 400. Air quality in Northern Virginia declined on June 7, resulting in cancellation of outdoor recess by Fairfax County Public Schools that afternoon and recommendations for the young, the elderly and people with heart or lung conditions to avoid strenuous outdoor activities.
Hundreds of wildfires continue to burn across Canada and many of them are out of control. The smoke is putting millions of Americans under air quality alerts, prompting warnings to stay indoors to avoid exposure to pollution. Stephanie Sy reports, in the video published on June 7, 2023, by PBS NewsHour, as “Canadian wildfires blanket eastern U.S. with smoke, causing poor air quality for millions“, below:
Record-breaking Canadian wildfires continue to fill skies across much of North America with smoke, putting about 100 million people under air quality alerts. New York City recorded the worst air quality of any major city in the world as a result of the haze. Around the world, air pollution is already responsible for as many as 10 million deaths per year, and the problem is likely to get worse, says New York Times opinion writer David Wallace-Wells. He explains how today’s smoky skies are a glimpse of our future in the climate crisis, when warmer temperatures and dry conditions will continue to increase the size and severity of wildfires across the globe. “It’s not just that we’re getting more fires, and it’s not even that they’re getting larger. They’re also getting much more intense, which means that they are cooking much of the landscape,” says Wallace-Wells, author of The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming. We also hear from Cree/Iroquois/French journalist Brandi Morin, who just returned from reporting on the wildfires raging in the remote Indigenous community of Fort Chipewyan in Canada’s North, which she calls the “epicenter of the effects of climate change because it’s downstream from one of the largest oil production developments in the world, Alberta’s oil sands.” in the video published on June 8, 2023, by Democracy Now!, as “Airpocalypse: David Wallace-Wells on Red Skies, Raging Wildfires & Pollution Link to Climate Crisis”, below:
Millions of Americans across 16 states are experiencing poor air quality due to smoke wafting from the wildfires in Canada, in the video published on June 7, 2023, by ABC News, as “Canada wildfires brings hazardous air to northeast US“, below:
Due to the wildfire smoke from Canada, New York City had the worst air pollution of any major city in the world at one point Tuesday night, before dropping to second-worst behind New Delhi, India, according to air quality tracker IQair, in the video published on June 7, 2023, by ABC7 News Bay Area, as “New York City skyline turns orange due to Canada wildfires“, below:
Hazy and dangerous fumes from ongoing Canadian wildfires prompts the National Weather Service to issue air quality alerts all over the Northeast, in the video published on June 7, 2023, by ABC News, as “Health warning as smoke from Canadian wildfire reaches East Coast| GMA“, below:
Smoke from hundreds of wildfires in Canada continues to drift south, causing dangerous conditions. Senior White House and political correspondent Ed O’Keefe and Weill Cornell Medical professor Dr. Jay Varma discuss the worsening conditions, in the video published on June 7, 2023, by CBS News, as “How to stay safe as air quality worsens on East Coast from Canadian wildfires“, below:
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