Wildfire Smoke Blankets New York City, Worst Air Quality In the World.
We've become accustomed to horrific air quality in Beijing or Mumbai, some of the worst on the planet. Now that laurel has passed to New York City courtesy of wildfire smoke from western Canada and the U.S.Smoke from more than 80 major wildfires burning in the US west has caused hazy skies and plunging air quality in eastern American and Canadian cities including Philadelphia, Washington DC, Pittsburgh and Toronto, as well as New York, causing fiery sunrises and even bathing the moon in an unusual red tinge on Tuesday night.
On Wednesday morning, the air quality index surged to 157 in Manhattan, well above the threshold of 100 where health is considered to be threatened. Vulnerable people include pregnant women and the elderly, although even healthy people outside these groups can experience breathing difficulty, throat irritation and runny eyes when exposed to air this bad.