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Tuesday, June 27, 2023

CapitolFax: Chicago’s air quality is worst in world because of Canadian wildfires

 If you're not currently aware NPR discusses the smoke from the Canadian wildfires:

The air may be unaffected in Europe, but people closer to the fires in Quebec and other provinces are being forced to cope with smoke. As of Tuesday morning, more than 140 communities were under air quality alerts, according to federal agency Environment Canada.

For now, there's no end in sight to the fires: Canada currently has nearly 500 wildfires burning, and more than half of them (258) are out of control, according to the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre. That's up from around 450 fires that were burning in mid-June.

"Already, the amount of land that's burned in Quebec this year is 10 times greater than what's been typical over the last few decades," as NPR's Nate Rott reported on Monday.

The smoke has also posed a recurring risk to people in the far northeastern U.S., depending on wind and other conditions. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued an air quality alert for Sunday, but it currently has no alerts in effect.

Meanwhile I'll share a roundup of stories of the smoke from the Canadian wildfires have started to affect the air quality here in Chicago via CapFax.

And here's a timelapse from ABC 7 Chicago. Perhaps you saw this on twitter. 

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