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Wildfire smoke makes New York air quality worst in the world

By Aime Williams and Joshua Chaffin

07 Jun 2023 · 2 min read

Editor's Note

Thick smoke from raging Canadian forest fires has covered a large swath of North America. As the planet warms, wildfires north of the equator are becoming more frequent and intense. The FT reports.

Thick smoke from raging Canadian forest fires has covered a swath of North America in unhealthy air, disrupting everything from air travel to Broadway shows and bringing unsettling reminders of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Authorities issued health warnings to millions of people in the eastern US and Canada on Wednesday as a cloud fed by hundreds of northern forest fires swept south, plaguing heavily populated areas from Ottawa to Washington, DC.

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