The White House reacted to the deterioration of air quality on the American East Coast, a consequence of violent fires in Canada. Yesterday, New York was even the most polluted city in the world.
The White House on Wednesday called on Americans whose health is fragile to “take precautions” in the face of deteriorating air quality on the East Coast of the United States, the consequence of violent fires in Canada.
“We urge everyone in affected areas to be mindful of local conditions. Make sure your neighbours, friends, family are well. Take precautions especially if you have any health issues,” Karine- Jean Pierre, spokesperson for the American executive.
She said the situation was “another worrying sign of how the climate crisis is affecting our lives”.
As a gray haze clouds the Washington sky, Joe Biden’s spokeswoman clarified that the 80-year-old president did not wear a mask to protect himself.
Asked about the planned Thursday of a large reception in the gardens of the White House, she indicated that she had no change to announce but specified that the services of the president “continued to monitor the situation”.
2293 forest fires in Canada
According to her, Joe Biden is informed of the evolution of the fires in Canada and his teams are in contact with the Canadian authorities. American firefighters and equipment have been sent to Canada, she said.
Quebec, which has become the epicenter of the forest fires that are engulfing much of Canada, expects to have to evacuate thousands more over the next few hours.
Canada as a whole is experiencing an unprecedented year: 2,293 forest fires have been recorded and approximately 3.8 million hectares burned, a total well above the average of recent decades.
In addition to some Canadian cities, several areas in the United States, including New York, were on Wednesday on alert because of air pollution, and many schools have, for example, given up recreation or outdoor sports.
Source: BFM TV