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New York Covered Under the Blanket of Orange Smoke

Kiara Mandavia

Jun 12, 2023

As New York faces the severity of bad air quality, residents choke on smog. Authorities have issued air quality advisories for the East Coast due to smoke from Canadian wildfires. Ever since the epidemic (Covid-19) this is again a phase where New York residents are forced to pull on the mask. People are taking it to social media to post information about the “disastrous” scene and how we could avoid risks.

The worst air pollution in recorded history has been caused by wildfire smoke in the US. The worst air pollution in recorded history has been caused by wildfire smoke in the US.


As New York faces the severity of bad air quality, residents choke on smog. Authorities have issued air quality advisories for the East Coast due to smoke from Canadian wildfires. Ever since the epidemic (Covid-19) this is again a phase where New York residents are forced to pull on the mask. People are taking it to social media to post information about the “disastrous” scene and how we could avoid risks.


Due to the smoke pouring south from the Canada Wildfires, Americans saw the worst day of average exposure to such pollution since 2006. According to the Stanford researchers, the typical American on Wednesday was exposed to 27.5 micrograms of tiny particulate matter per cubic meter transported by the smoke plumes. When breathed in, these minute particles of soot, dust, and other burnt debris, known as PM2.5, bury themselves deep in the lungs and are associated with a number of illnesses and even fatalities. 


More than 73 Million people faced the heavy blanket of orange smoke. EPA research is providing information to understand how individuals may respond to two or more pollutants or mixtures and how environmental conditions may impact air quality. While risk estimates for exposure to individual criteria air pollutants such as PM and ozone are well established, the acute and cumulative effects of combinations of pollutants is not well understood. In addition, research is needed to determine how changes in the environment affect both pollutant formation and subsequent responsiveness to exposures in healthy and susceptible individuals.


After days of engulfing New York, the smoke has moved south and west across the US, affecting cities including Chicago, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, and Cleveland. In the US, the federal government's most recent National Climate Assessment connected "human-caused climate change" with an increase in wildfires. Climate change and wildfires are inextricably linked because of the carbon that burns pump into the atmosphere, which drives up global warming and further dries up the environment, increasing the risk of wildfires.

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Commissioner Basil Seggos and State Department of Health (DOH) Commissioner Dr. James McDonald issued an Air Quality Health Advisory for the Western New York region for Sunday, June 11, 2023.


 To protect oneself from the air pollution, New Yorkers are being advised by public officials to wear masks and restrict their time spent outside.



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