The concentration of fine particles (PM2.5) in the air of the American city exceeded this Tuesday by more than 10 times the guideline established by the World Health Organization.
The smoke from the forest fires that occur in Canada darkened the sky over New York City and a large part of the Northeast United States during the day on Tuesday, reports the local press.
The concentration of fine particles (PM2.5)—a pollutant dangerous to health— on the air in New York exceeded the guideline set by the World Health Organization by more than 10 times, placing it among the top five cities in the world with the worst pollution atmospheric.
for several weeks hundreds of forest fires They have devastated large areas of southeastern Canada. In the last few days alone, more than 150 active fires have been recorded in the province of Quebec.
New York City has the worst air quality out of any major city on Earth right now due to wildfire smoke from hundreds of uncontrolled fires burning across Canada -current air quality in NYC for 24 hours is equivalent to smoking about 6 cigarettes.No time to wait . #ActOnClimatepic.twitter.com/JhEA4ZqjLE
—Mike Hudema (@MikeHudema) June 7, 2023
So, the smoke has drifted to different states in the northeastern US, but this week the winds are expected to carry smoke from forest fires along the east coast of the countryeven reaching South Carolina.
Local authorities have urged the population to stay in their homes, due to the current air pollution can pose health risksespecially for sensitive groups, such as children, the elderly, those who suffer from lung and heart diseases, among others.