Smoke from Canadian wildfires caused pollution spikes in New York City

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Forest fires burned in Canada in August 2018

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Spikes in air pollution in New York City have been traced to smoke from wildfires burning hundreds of kilometres away. The finding suggests city residents will face many similar pollution episodes in the coming decades.

“When people are making predictions about climate change, they’re predicting increases in wildfires, so this sort of pollution is likely to become more common,” lead author Haley Rogers of Yale University said in a statement.

Rogers and her colleagues studied two periods of unusually severe air pollution in Connecticut …

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