New York City declared a Code Orange day as air quality alerts were issued for the tri-state area due to smoke from Canadian wildfires. The smoke has shrouded the Northeast, making New York City’s air pollution among the worst in the world. This new climate hazard of wildfire smoke has prompted officials to warn residents to limit outdoor activities and reduce exposure to the smoke.
In addition to the wildfire smoke, York County police are currently questioning a suspect in the stabbing of an ice cream shop employee. The suspect was caught on surveillance footage, and police are asking anyone with information to come forward.
As New Yorkers continue to deal with the smoky air, The New York Times reports that Canada’s wildfires have caused air quality alerts across the country. The smoke can cause respiratory problems and exacerbate existing health conditions.
Bloomberg highlights the seriousness of this new climate hazard, pointing out that wildfires are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change. As the world continues to grapple with this growing issue, it’s clear that taking action to combat climate change is more important than ever.