This week Chicago experienced the worst fine particle air pollution on record

Dot graph showing air pollution sensor readings with the highest PM2.5 levels on June 27-28, 2023.

The Chicago area experienced the worst fine particulate air pollution on record this week, as smoke from Canadian wildfires descended across the Midwest. The US Environmental Protection Agency has been monitoring air pollution in the Chicago area since 1998 to make sure it meets the health standards set by the Federal Clean Air Act. The … Read more

Will New York Air Quality Impact the 4th of July Holiday Weekend? What to know

John Lee, of Cliffside Park, fishes in the Hudson River with New York City darkened due to poor air quality in Edgewater, NJ on Friday, June 30, 2023.

Smoke from the wildfire that caused New York’s latest attack with poor air quality will slowly begin to dissipate over the holiday weekend, officials said, but New Yorkers may still want to pay attention to outdoor activities . Western New York, Central New York, the Hudson Valley and other areas of the state have been … Read more

Michigan’s answer to air quality, lacked Canada’s smoke, some say

A person walks through the Wayne State Campus on Wednesday June 28, 2023. Due to residual smoke from the Canadian wildfires, air quality is seriously affected in Detroit.

As Detroit’s air quality once again plummeted to some of the worst in the world earlier this week, Ingrid Pollock thought the haze was fog and went about the summer as usual: weeding, walking the dogs and carrying his granddaughter on a wagon. On Tuesday afternoon, the COPD patient could barely walk or talk without … Read more

Code red “unhealthy” air quality exceeds DC area. Check the air quality on this map

Code red "unhealthy" air quality exceeds DC area.  Check the air quality on this map

Air quality deteriorated in the Washington, DC area on Thursday due to smoke from the Canadian wildfires, which pose a health risk to anyone who spends time outdoors. DC had the worst air quality in the world as of 11 am Thursday, according to IQAir. A Code Red Air Quality Alert is expected through much … Read more

Code red “unhealthy” air quality exceeds DC area. Check the air quality on this map

Code red "unhealthy" air quality exceeds DC area.  Check the air quality on this map

Air quality deteriorated to code red Thursday in the Washington, DC area due to smoke from the Canadian wildfires, which pose a health risk to anyone who spends time outdoors. It comes less than three weeks after DC was hit with the worst air quality on record. DC had the worst air quality in the … Read more

Smoke from wildfires raises Michigan air quality and awareness of climate change

Faras Altareb of Chattanooga, left, takes pictures left as Saddam Ali from California looks at photos on Belle Isle as they celebrate Eid with Hamtramck's family on Wednesday, June 28, 2023. Heavy smoke billowed into Detroit after wildfires from Canada .

If there’s a silver lining to Canada’s smoky clouds this month, experts say, it’s that Michiganders and millions of Americans have gained a greater awareness of how air pollution affects them, how the Air Quality Index works air and the risks of climate change. Hopefully, said National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Kook, air quality alerts … Read more

Canadian Fires Choke Michigan Air Again: 6 Questions Answered

Freighters pass along the Detroit River with Windsor, Ontario in the background as smoke fills the sky reducing visibility Wednesday, June 28, 2023, as viewed from Detroit.

For the second time this month, smoke from the Canadian wildfires is causing an acrid haze over the Great Lakes region, prompting air quality alerts showing southeastern Michigan with levels of smoke-related pollutants that are “very unhealthy ” or “dangerous”. The Free Press has been looking for answers as to why this is happening, what … Read more

Chicago’s air pollution crisis sheds light on what some neighborhoods face all the time, experts say

Chicago's air pollution crisis sheds light on what some neighborhoods face all the time, experts say

CHICAGO Chicago’s air quality, which has been some of the worst on Earth this week, is expected to improve in the coming days as a storm system clears smoke from the region. But the breathing difficulties and long-term health concerns all Chicagoans have experienced this week are nothing new to residents of the city’s most … Read more

NASCAR zooms in as Chicago struggles with dangerous air quality. Will running make things worse?

NASCAR zooms in as Chicago struggles with dangerous air quality.  Will running make things worse?

DOWNTOWN Three days after Chicago’s air was temporarily rated the worst in the world, 40 race cars will take to the streets of Downtown to race a total of 341 miles around Grant Park. What does this mean for Chicago air quality? NASCAR race cars are generally unregulated and not required by the United States … Read more

Why wildfires in Canada will affect air quality for weeks to come

Why wildfires in Canada will affect air quality for weeks to come

US cities are once again experiencing air quality problems this week as wildfires continue to burn in Canada and smoke drifts south. That smoke includes contaminants, which can exacerbate respiratory conditions and make breathing generally difficult, and could linger for weeks to come. Typically, fire season in Canada runs through spring and summer, so there … Read more