New York air quality is the world's worst due to Canada wildfire smoke

Aerial view of the Empire State Building shrouded in a plume of yellowish smoke. Caption: Historical pollution

As of this week, New York is the city with the worst air quality and air pollution in the world IQAir. A huge plume of smoke has descended over the megapolis and other northeastern US states, originating from Canada’s raging wildfires.

States like New York, Pennsylvania and Michigan were all badly affected Locals report there was a smell of burning in the air. A “Red Alert” for air quality was issued for more than 75 million people in the area. Many events have been canceled as authorities urge people to stay indoors and it is still uncertain when the haze will clear.

Wildfires can be a sign of a healthy ecosystembut as the atmosphere continues to warm, leading to heat waves and prolonged droughts, wildfires are also becoming more frequent and intense.

Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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