The Strategist

Smoke from wildfires in Canada engulfs the US east coast

06/08/2023 - 03:30

Much of the US east coast now has significantly worse air quality due to wildfires raging in Canada. The US National Weather Service has issued warnings about the danger of such air to vulnerable persons.

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Yesterday, New York was recognized as having the second-worst air quality in the entire globe. Earlier this week, the city was ranked top by the IQAir service, surpassing even the established leader, Delhi.

More than 400 forest fire outbreaks have been discovered since the start of the year in the Canadian province of Quebec, which is twice as many as is typical at this time of year. Since the beginning of the year, 3.6 million hectares of forest have been lost across Canada, including more than 200 000 hectares in Quebec. Currently, there are more than 160 forest fires blazing around the province, with more than 100 of them continuing burning.

Smoke from the flames is descending to the east coasts of Canada and the US. New York and Connecticut have received warnings about dangerous air pollution levels, while Pennsylvania, Vermont, and New Jersey have received warnings about "hazardous to vulnerable populations" pollution levels. The air quality in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana, and portions of Kentucky and Virginia has also decreased as a result of smoke from Canadian wildfires.