A haze is blanketing major swaths of the East Coast because of the Canadian wildfires

Haze from Canadian wildfires blankets major areas of the US East Coast, resulting in poor air quality and health warnings.

Situation overview: Smoke from rampant wildfires in Canada has drifted south, affecting air quality in the Great Lakes region, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.
* Authorities are warning residents, especially those with heart and lung diseases, the elderly, and young children, to be cautious of health issues related to poor air quality.
* The Federal Aviation Administration issued a full ground stop at New York’s LaGuardia Airport due to low visibility.

Official actions: In response to the situation, some officials urged people to stay indoors, avoid travel, and refrain from strenuous activities.
* New York City, the largest public school system in the US, and Washington, D.C., public schools have canceled outdoor activities due to poor air quality.

Wildfire background: Dozens of wildfires are currently burning in the Canadian province of Québec, contributing to the smoke drifting across the US border.
* Climate change has led to longer wildfire seasons and more acreage burned due to hotter and drier conditions.
* The United Nations warned that a warming climate and land use changes would result in more wildfires globally.

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