Forest fires in northeastern Ontario and in Quebec have made breathing in vast swaths of North America impossible. At one point this week, the air quality in Toronto was third worst in the world behind Delhi, India, and New York City. Here’s what it looked like in the Big Apple on Thursday.
This morning, there was a full ground stop at La Guardia airport because the visibility was so bad. The same thing happened yesterday.
When your air is worse that places like Lahore, Pakistan, and Beijing, you’ve got a big, big problem. This is right out of the Apple TV show Silo.
This is also the weekend of the Governors Ball Music Festival. As I type this, the festival, which is set to start tomorrow, is still scheduled to go ahead. Here’s a statement.
“We’re closely monitoring the air quality with weather experts and are in close contact with city officials. As always, the health and safety of New Yorkers is our top priority. At this time, the festival is continuing as planned. We are hopeful that conditions will improve in the coming days and are looking forward to a great weekend!”
Would you want to sing/perform in these conditions? How about being in a crowd with thousands of other people, all gasping for breath?