As many as 1 in 4 Americans, especially in the Northeast, are having to breathe pollution from Canadian wildfires and the situation is likely to become worse due to climate change.
The recent Canadian wildfire situation is severely impacting air pollution in the United States, with wildfire smoke affecting the air quality in New York City in the United States. It's the worst since 1960, and the situation is expected to get worse due to climate change.
New research findings from the First Street Foundation indicate that about 83 million Americans, or about one in four of all Americans, facing a worsening air pollution situation must breathe air that contains pollution levels above standard values. The number of people affected will rise to 125 million in the next few decades. An Air Quality Index (AQI) level of red means that outdoor activities will have an impact on the lungs. It also causes an increase in respiratory diseases such as chest pain or cough.
Although America has done so in the past few decades, the Clean Air Act of 1970 has helped control emissions from factories and cars, while keeping air quality within standards. But due to global warming, which causes weather variability. Rising temperature and drought As a result, the forest fire situation will become more dangerous. Pollution will pose a threat to public health, causing premature death and the risk of heart disease, including population migration to escape pollution, which will increase. It also affects the economic development in that region.
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