New York hits dangerous air pollution from wildfire smoke live updates in Canada

By | June 8, 2023

Mesmerizing drone footage shows the New York skyline blanketed in orange haze

New York City was blanketed in a sci-fi orange glow Wednesday afternoon as thicker smoke billowed south from Canada’s devastating wildfires.

The Big Apple was ranked number one for the worst air quality in the world on Wednesday afternoon with the Air Quality Index (AQI) at one point exceeding 350, a level described as dangerous.

New York City’s air quality measurements were the worst on record.

The smoke that blanketed the city led to the cancellation of Broadway shows and airline flights.

At least thirteen US states have issued air quality advisories in some places, impacting an estimated 115 million people.

The entire northeastern United States is battling smoke drifting south from more than 400 wildfires raging in Canada, which have led to mass evacuations in the province of Quebec. Canadian officials have warned that this could be the country’s worst bushfire season on record, with more than 6.7 million acres already burned.

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Photo of the apocalyptic New York fire smoke day

The skies over the northeastern United States, including New York, have been engulfed in smoke billowing from Canada as some 400 wildfires continue to rage across the country.

Josh MarcusJune 8, 2023 04:50

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Smoke from a fire interrupts several Broadway shows

Air quality in the U.S. city has reached historic lows after thick smoke billowed south from Canada’s devastating wildfires.

A member of the audience at the matinee production of Prima Facie at the John Golden Theater told Expiration that Comer, 30, appeared on stage 10 minutes late.

Josh MarcusJune 8, 2023 03:50

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Bushfire Smoke Detector: Where air pollution will be headed

Smoke darkened the skies and made it difficult to breathe in at least half a dozen states and much of Canada, including major cities like New York, Toronto, Ottawa, Washington DC and Philadelphia.

Louise Boyle has the details.

Josh MarcusJune 8, 2023 02:50

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AOC and Bernie Sanders warn smoke from Canadian wildfires a sign of oncoming climate crisis catastrophe

It bears repeating how unprepared we are for the climate crisis, New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez he wrote on Twitter Wednesday, referencing the smoke and recent rising temperatures in Puerto Rico. We need to adapt our food systems, energy networks, infrastructure, healthcare, etc. As soon as possible to prepare for what is to come and recover what is already here.

Fellow progressive Bernie Sanders struck a similar note, write on Twitter: Right now, 98 MILLION people on the East Coast are on air quality alerts due to the Canadian wildfires, and last night, New York City had the worst air quality in the world.

More details in our full story.

Josh MarcusJune 8, 2023 01:50

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Don’t forget: Many can’t stay inside during the New York air crisis

The climate crisis affects us all, but not all equally.

As Gustavo Ajche, a delivery man organizer in New York City, reminds us, it’s the working-class and poor people who have the least ability to pack up, stay indoors, and avoid the worst impacts.

We are essential workers, always working regardless of the weather, very hot, extreme cold, storms and poor air quality this week, he wrote on Twitter Wednesday.

Josh MarcusJune 8, 2023 01:35

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What are members of Congress saying about smoke from wildfires?

Elected leaders assessed the smoke from wildfires sweeping the East Coast. Here are some of the most significant comments.

Josh MarcusJune 8, 2023 01:15

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Twitter users notice tongue-in-cheek video game billboard in New York that reads ‘Welcome to Hell’

Call it advertising that imitates life.

New Yorkers on social media on Wednesday spotted a billboard with a tongue-in-cheek message as smoke from a wildfire made the sky glow an eerie orange hue.

The commercial, for the video game Devil IVread Welcome to Hell, New York, and featured a demon glaring at passers-by.

After enough Twitter users pointed out the odd juxtaposition, an executive from the game’s creator chimed in.

I would like to clarify that Blizzard has no affiliation or partnership with wildfires in Canada, Activision Blizzard COO Lulu Cheng Meservy wrote on Twitter. We are actually strongly against fires and condemn them in the strongest terms.

Josh MarcusJune 8, 2023 00:50

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Hamilton and Hamlet halted production due to continued smoke from the fires

Broadway shows like Hamilton as well as New York games like Free Shakespeare in the Park have canceled evening shows tonight, as smoke from wildfires continues to fill the New York City sky.

Hamilton’s performance tonight will not go as planned, said show spokesman Shane Marshall Brown The New York Times in a statement. Dangerous air quality in New York City has made it impossible for many of our artists to perform tonight. Performances will resume as scheduled tomorrow. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to visit your point of purchase for a refund or exchange.

Josh MarcusJune 8, 2023 00:30

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The live cam shows the Empire State Building choked with smoke

The iconic New York skyline is barely visible today, due to smoke from the wildfires blanketing the sky.

You can tune into the latest conditions surrounding the Empire State Building with a livecam here.

An aerial view shows New York City under a hazy sky from the Empire State Building observatory Wednesday June. 7, 2023, in NYC.

((AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura))

Josh MarcusJune 8, 2023 00:16

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I can’t breathe: Jodie Comer shuts down Broadway show due to New York air quality

Air quality in the U.S. city has reached historic lows after thick smoke billowed south from Canada’s devastating wildfires.

A member of the audience at the matinee production of Prima Facie at the John Golden Theater told Expiration that Comer, 30, appeared on stage 10 minutes late.

A few minutes later, the Eve killing the star faded again after telling a stage manager: I can’t breathe this air.

Tom Murray has the full story for The independent.

Josh MarcusJune 8, 2023 00:00


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