Canada Wildfires | New York’s climate worse than Delhi due to the smoke from the forest fires in Canada

HOUSTON: Smoke from wildfires in Canada reached the US East Coast and Midwest on Wednesday, worsening air quality in New York City. New York City’s pollution level on Wednesday exceeded that of major cities in the world and its air quality was worse than that of India’s capital Delhi, data from IQAR showed. Smoke blanketed New York City on Wednesday, obscuring the city’s famous skyline. Several weather stations said visibility was less than a mile in most places. According to ‘IQAR’, New York City’s air quality on Wednesday was the highest among all major cities in the world and it even left behind Delhi in terms of air pollution levels. In the recently released Global Air Quality Report, India was described as the eighth most polluted country in the world in 2022. Chad, Iraq, Pakistan, Bahrain and Bangladesh occupied the first five positions in the list respectively. Read this also Meteorologists have predicted smoke in the sky of New York for the whole week and the air quality will be very poor. New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport and New York City’s La Guardia Airport were forced to issue ground stop orders due to reduced visibility from the plume of smoke, according to the Federal Aviation Authority. A ‘ground stop’ is an air traffic control measure whereby aircraft movement at an airport is either slowed down or stopped. Apart from New York City, the climate of Delaware also saw a significant decline. On Wednesday, the city recorded an air quality index of 199, which is considered unhealthy. (agency)

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