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Unhealthy Air Quality Advisory Through Thursday

A Health Advisory has been extended through Thursday in New York, as hazy skies and the smell of smoke is in the air due to wildfires burning in Canada. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory problems should reduce time outdoors. Full Story, Photos, Video

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Not from Canada
June 6, 2023 7:43 pm

These fires are from Jackson, NJ.
They’re having wildfires currently.

Crown heights restaurant
June 6, 2023 9:49 pm

I took my rain hat to shul today, because it looked like it was going to rain.

It did rain a little
Reply to  Crown heights restaurant
June 7, 2023 4:31 am

For a couple minutes a few drops

June 6, 2023 10:44 pm

I hear its coming from LKWD & Jackson NJ

Reply to  Canada??
June 7, 2023 2:24 pm

There is a massive wild fire burning in NJ adding to this chaos from Canada 🇨🇦

Reply to  Correct
June 7, 2023 6:01 pm

And a recent brushfire in the south of Brooklyn
As well as a big fire somewhere along the i87 on memorial day weekend.
So many coincidences to scare us into compliance when the hammer drops.
Never again

According to Judaism...
Reply to  Anonymous
June 8, 2023 9:10 am

…there is no such thing as coincidences. This is not a coincidence nor is this unexpected. We’ve known about global warming since 1938 and we have seen our climate crumble further and further, year after year. I wonder what it will take to spur the world into action. Millions dying from Covid didn’t inspire everyone to wear their masks or get vaccinated, and maybe millions of deaths caused through the destruction of our planet won’t cause everyone to support climate change action. Humanity at large may have lost its ability to empathize and value human life. We will see what… Read more »

Since 1938, huh?
Reply to  According to Judaism...
June 8, 2023 9:22 am

And yet in the 1970s it was all about “global cooling” instead. And when they finally realized that no one is buying their hooey, they rebranded it as “climate change” so that every “change” can be played up into a big crisis.

No, the cause of these wildfires is largely that no removal of dead trees or brush is allowed any more, because, you know, we have to hug the trees instead.

Different religion?
Reply to  According to Judaism...
June 8, 2023 6:07 pm

As far as I know the Jewish people believe this world was created with a purpose! To do Torah and Mitzvos and serve hashem making the world a place for him! This is spelled out pretty clearly in our Torah! If he desires to destroy the world that has got nothing to do with us, though as far as the Torah tells us that’s not in the plans!! But if it were, we would have nothing to say or complain about! We have to do what hashem wants from us and stop worrying about some scientists predicting the end of… Read more »

So according to your logic
Reply to  Different religion?
June 8, 2023 8:13 pm

We shouldn’t give tzedakkah or daven for a refuah, because why worry? Hashem already has a plan that has nothing to do with us, so just sit back and let things play out no matter how badly they might go.

Big difference
Reply to  So according to your logic
June 9, 2023 1:14 am

There is a mitzvah to give tzedakah. There is a mitzvah to daven. There is no mitzvah to worry about “global warming,” at least not in our religion.

Yeah but
Reply to  Big difference
June 9, 2023 9:39 am

there’s also the greatest mitzvah we have: v’ahavta l’rei’echa ka’mocha.

When the planet goes up in flames, people and animals die. It doesn’t seem like we’re keeping the mitzvah of loving our neighbor when we do nothing to save their lives.

Saving lives?
Reply to  Yeah but
June 9, 2023 7:44 pm

You really believe that not using your air conditioner can save your neighbors life?!! Go ahead sit in the heat, don’t travel, go kll the cows! But hate to break it to you none of those things are making any difference to your neighbors life! And thinking that the world is gonna end because of climate change means you don’t believe that the world has a purpose! Also you don’t believe in Hashem’s promise to Noach! This has no connection to davening for someone’s health, which is essentially asking Hashem to change his mind and make the person better! This… Read more »

Imminent geulah
June 6, 2023 10:45 pm

תשש כחה של חמה (הגוים שמונין לחמה) לעתיד לבוא
Already started!!!
And why all the wild fires? I’m glad you asked!
כי הנה ה’ באש יבא

Get used to it
June 7, 2023 9:08 am

Global warming continues to increase wildfires and air pollution

Reply to  Get used to it
June 8, 2023 9:23 am

Failing to cut down dead trees and brush continues to increase wildfires. Other kinds of pollution have in fact decreased over the decades.

Are you okay?
Reply to  Wrong
June 8, 2023 9:42 am

I’m highly concerned that you’re not reading credible news sources or scientific evidence. For the sake of your mind and your health, please only consume facts and leave the lies to trump.

Yes, I’m fine, BH
Reply to  Are you okay?
June 8, 2023 11:08 am

And I notice that you have no facts to refute me with, and that Trump lives rent-free in your brain.

Very Cool Spring - Not warm
Reply to  Get used to it
June 8, 2023 11:06 am

Its been of the coolest springs. Canada had snow in May and lots of rain and very cold temperatures. So please, let’s set the record straight. It is cold and rainy in Canada, this was not due to any heat.

June 7, 2023 9:35 am

Our air here is fine. Not coming from here

Reply to  Montrealer
June 7, 2023 1:45 pm

It’s coming from you. The wind is just pulling the air in our direction. Thanks!

June 7, 2023 10:09 am

Is it clear yet? Is it safe for those individuals mentioned in the article to go out yet?

June 7, 2023 10:27 am

It’s coming in all five boroughs of New York area.

In montreal canada
June 7, 2023 10:45 am

Funny that we’re not feeling or seeing or smelling it.

Reply to  In montreal canada
June 7, 2023 1:47 pm

The air/wind moved it forward to New York. But in New York the odor is very high and the air/atmosphere is the color of orange – literally.

Reply to  Probably
June 7, 2023 11:01 pm

What she’s saying is that in order for the smoke to get to you it would need to pass from upper Quebec where the fires supposedly are to Montreal and then ny. Montreal is in between ny and the fires. And it’s definitely odd that it’s worse here than Montreal when it must pass through Montreal to get here.

Doesn’t need to “pass through Montreal”
Reply to  Anonymous
June 8, 2023 9:24 am

Look at a map.

Toronto canada
June 7, 2023 12:16 pm

It’s Beautiful outside the media is trying to create a scare a while, fires and smoke. Meanwhile, creating the fires on purpose to get people to stay inside and wear masks for the smoke. It’s really scary, almost like another COVID.

Reply to  Toronto canada
June 7, 2023 5:33 pm

Take it easy on the conspiracy theories

Response to please
Reply to  Please
June 7, 2023 11:06 pm


Because you are spreading dangerous lies
Reply to  Response to please
June 8, 2023 9:19 am

Conspiracy theories caused people to die from covid, it caused people to attack our capitol, it caused people to not vote in our elections, and it causes people to disbelieve scientific evidence that our planet is on fire.

Stop spreading lies.

Reply to  Because you are spreading dangerous lies
June 8, 2023 11:14 am

Let’s reword that:

Conspiracy theorists said that Covid was caused by a lab leak, and have been shown to be correct.

Conspiracy theorists claimed that the “attack on the Capitol” was the United States’ Reichstag Fire, an excuse to curtail civil liberties, and have been shown to be correct.

Conspiracy theorists have said that “global warming” is an excuse to destroy Western economies while giving the actual polluters, such as China, a pass, and have been shown to be correct.

So instead of calling the “conspiracy theorists,” maybe you ought to call them clairvoyants.

Dovid Krautwirth
June 7, 2023 12:48 pm

The beginning of today’s chitas talks about smoke clouds and fire.

Hayom Yom
June 7, 2023 1:01 pm

From Hayom Yom: https://www.sie.org/templates/…..s.htm A person’s life depends upon the air around him: without air one cannot live. Moreover, the kind of air in which one lives determines the quality of one’s life. When a person lives in an atmosphere of Torah and mitzvos, his life is healthy. When he lives in an atmosphere that denies G‑d, his life is sickly and he is under constant risk of contagion. The first, comprehensive remedy is to purify the air, and this is the responsibility of those who are educated in Torah studies. It is the letters of Torah that purify the… Read more »

I sure smell something burning
June 7, 2023 1:01 pm

and I am not a sissy .

The planet is burning
June 7, 2023 2:24 pm

If there was ever a time when religious Jews should accept the fact that global warming is real like all scientists have proven, it would be now. Is this not proof enough?

Wrong crowd
Reply to  The planet is burning
June 7, 2023 5:35 pm

I’m sorry, but many of us here learn Talmud. We know how to question the proofs that people provide.

How in the world do fires in Canada prove global warming?
Gzeira shava warm warm?

Reply to  Wrong crowd
June 8, 2023 9:24 am

Knowing Talmud makes you smarter than a scientist who specifically studies and has earned degrees on this topic? Why do people think that they’re smarter than doctors and scientists? What in the world could possibly make you delusional enough to believe that you have a better grasp on the global impact of carbon emissions than a qualified scientist?

Well, yes
Reply to  Ummmm
June 8, 2023 11:15 am

It makes you less susceptible to groupthink and outright lies and falsifications (see, for example, “hide the decline”).

You misunderstood
Reply to  Ummmm
June 8, 2023 4:16 pm

My point was that as Talmudic students, you can’t just tell us: “Look! There’s a fire! Global warming must be real” as the OP tried to do.

We need more substantial proof than that.

I’m not saying there isn’t any proof (that is up for debate) just this isn’t proof

Reply to  The planet is burning
June 7, 2023 5:46 pm

Was the Miramichi fire in 1825 that burned millions of acres of forests in Canada also because of global warming?

What about the Black Forest fire in Germany 1760?

The Palisades fire in New Jersey 1764?

Were these all because of a rise in carbon emissions?

Excellent questions
Reply to  History
June 8, 2023 9:27 am

I encourage you to ask a well educated scientist who has studied the topic instead of coming to your own uneducated conclusions. Said scientist may be able to explain the impact of the rise of carbon emissions and provide you with scientific evidence, thereby answering your questions.

It is good to question things, but the questions must be followed up with facts and truth and science. If you answer a question with a lie or a conspiracy theory, you gain nothing but further lies.

Reply to  Excellent questions
June 8, 2023 10:21 am

Good thing you weren’t born a couple thousand years ago otherwise the earth would presumably still be flat for you

Reply to  Dude
June 8, 2023 11:04 am

Progress is essential to the bettering of humanity. BH we now have access to updated facts and evidence, new technology and sounder science. Those who deny progress today in 2023 probably still think that the earth is flat.

Yes, we have access to all of that
Reply to  Agreed
June 8, 2023 2:24 pm

Which is how we can easily see that a lot of today’s “science” is anything but. It’s a religion, complete with high priests and dogmas that are not to be questioned, and we have a perfectly good religion of our own already, BH.

Reply to  Agreed
June 11, 2023 11:36 pm

Don’t use BH all the time if your speaking about your distrust in Torah and instead your reliance and trust in scientists who are mere humans, another of His creations.

We have Torah. It is G-d’s wisdom. If you’d like answers that are truth, turn to it. Not towards mortals who’s wisdom is flawed by our comprehension of nothing and limited by the ignorance of so much (thus needing to constantly being updated and changed). The truth is in front of you, you can take it or leave it

You missed my point
Reply to  Excellent questions
June 8, 2023 4:13 pm

The OP claimed that this is obvious proof that the scientists are right about global warming.

My question was: How is this proof?

Telling me to ask the scientists goes against the OP’s point

Reply to  The planet is burning
June 7, 2023 6:10 pm

All the scientists?
How about the many that were censored?
The evidence that was suppressed?
Like how The Science only starts counting from the coldest point in history and conveniently ignores the cycle before?
Or how co2 is only 1% of the air and therefore cannot possibly have a major impact.
The carbon they want to reduce is you!

Oh dear
Reply to  Anonymous
June 8, 2023 9:31 am

The only people imposing censorship in this country are the same ones who claim are being censored themselves. You can’t have it both ways. Republicans can’t censor harmless reading material in schools but then also have bogus scientists with no proof or credibility spreading falsities.

No actual, credible evidence has been suppressed. Smart people are just labeling lies as lies so that America as a whole doesn’t become as poorly educated as yourself.

Reply to  Oh dear
June 8, 2023 11:17 am

Have you bothered looking into what that “harmless reading material in schools” is? It’s the furthest thing from “harmless.”

Meanwhile, yes, there has been credible evidence that has been suppressed; look up Judith Curry for an example. Or Tim Ball. See, putting your hands over your eyes and saying “la-la-la, I don’t see you” doesn’t mean that something doesn’t exist.

Reply to  The planet is burning
June 7, 2023 7:04 pm

And the weather in June is 50 degrees in the morning, more like global cooling.

Reply to  Cold
June 8, 2023 9:32 am

Wait, do you actually believe that global warming literally means that it is getting hotter outside?

Reply to  Haaha
June 8, 2023 6:17 pm

Every time there’s an event connected to heat they scream global warming from all the rooftops! Every climate disaster that happens they scream climate change, like we’re supposed to believe there were no climate disasters until some scientist discovered global warming! How does any thinking person believe that are world is about to implode? Especially if they believe in G-D!!

Very Cool Spring - Not warm
Reply to  The planet is burning
June 8, 2023 11:07 am

Its been very cold in Canada. It snowed in North Quebec in May. Give me a break.

No school
June 7, 2023 2:33 pm

They should cancel school tomorrow. It’s unsafe to be outside!

Reply to  No school
June 7, 2023 6:16 pm

I had no idea my kids sit and learn outside all day /sarc
But seriously do not comply with any school shutdowns!
Have we not learned from the dishonest COVID measures?
The government will never allow you to open back up like they already tried last time.

Reply to  No school
June 7, 2023 6:27 pm

Nah you can keep your kids home and at the whims of some politician in Albany or Washington.
My kids chinuch matters and if school shuts I hope to open an underground cheder at home with classmates friends and neighbors. Especially if they try to outlaw visitors shuls and Yiddishe businesses again.

global warming
June 7, 2023 3:07 pm

if you still don’t believe the countless scientists, now would be a good time to accept fact and reality

Reply to  global warming
June 7, 2023 5:36 pm

Please explain

Reply to  Why?
June 7, 2023 6:18 pm

Because “The Science”
Brought to by Fauci and Pfizer
Or even better
By John Kerry who has no problem flying his private jet any time he wishes
Obama who bought himself a waterfront mansion
Bc soon the sea levels will rise and flood his place.

Because. The. Planet. Is. On. Fire.
Reply to  Why?
June 8, 2023 9:34 am

Look outside and welcome to our new reality. Do you want your kids and grandkids to have to wear a mask every day when they step outside the door? Do you want to forget what the sky looks like? Do you not care about Hashem’s creations? The planet will continue to die, humans will continue to die, animals will continue to die. This seems like something we should all care about

Reply to  Because. The. Planet. Is. On. Fire.
June 8, 2023 11:19 am

And yet pollution has been going down for decades now; one freak season doesn’t change that trend. If you care to look at facts, that is.

Reply to  Because. The. Planet. Is. On. Fire.
June 8, 2023 6:20 pm

I agree. If the planet was on fire that would be DEVASTATING and dangerous. Even masks probably wouldn’t help! (shocker, I know)

However, I only noticed a forest on fire, not the planet.

How does this prove global warming?

Reply to  Because. The. Planet. Is. On. Fire.
June 8, 2023 6:23 pm

Please don’t bring Hashem into your religion! The religion you ascribe too has nothing to do with G-D. Hashem created the world with a purpose, for sure we should respect it, but at the same time it’s here for us to serve Hashem, not for us to serve the world! And it’s not about to end, Hashem already promised that to Noach! Also if you believe in Hashem, then even if it were to end you would know that that’s what Hashem wants and you wouldn’t be so worried about it!!

Very Cool Spring - Not warm
Reply to  global warming
June 8, 2023 11:09 am

Its been one of the coldest springs in Canada. We had below zero temps in May. Snow in North Quebec in May. Lots of rain and cold. Its very cold now as well.
If anything, this is one of the coldest springs ever.

Why am I shocked?
June 7, 2023 3:34 pm

Sometimes I wonder, why am I shocked anew each day at how gullible and ignorant people are.
Has no one learnt from covid that masks are Bs?
I really feel for those who feel the need to wear a mask alone in their car today.
I’ve even seen poor kids forced to wear a mask on the school bus.
Yes it’s Smokey outside. I get it. I see it and smell it.
Kids getting a little fresh air outside won’t die. If the child is bh healthy, please let them live in peace.

Truly shocking
Reply to  Why am I shocked?
June 7, 2023 4:01 pm

1,127,152 people in America died from Covid, and you’re still pretending? It’s not only ignorant on your part, but it’s also disrespectful to those who passed away and to the family members who are left living with that loss every day. Show some kavod and sechel.

Reply to  Truly shocking
June 7, 2023 5:19 pm

no one is denying the fact that people died from covid, people are questioning the effectiveness of masks and if people should be forced to wear them.

Reply to  Nonesense
June 8, 2023 9:37 am

If a mask prevents even one person from getting sick, not wearing one should not even be an option. Halacha requires that we value life above all else.

Reply to  Selfish
June 8, 2023 11:20 am

And if wearing a mask causes even one person to get sick (and they have), then what? Not to mention the long-term effects on kids’ development, etc.

Pray for rain
June 7, 2023 4:01 pm

Or study ד”ה שיר המעלות תשכ”ב

June 7, 2023 5:52 pm

My parents live in Canada and said the fires all over Canada mysteriously started about the same time. Also they caught a few arsonists in Nova Scotia as well.
Climate Plandemic coming to limit your access to electricity, transportation and food.
Hunger is a Hallmark of every communist takeover. And the useful idiots who enabled the revolution are always eliminated first.

Reply to  Anonymous
June 8, 2023 9:38 am

this is the dumbest conspiracy theory I’ve heard yet, you win the gold medal for spreading stupid

Reply to  ohhhhh
June 8, 2023 11:23 am

Like so many other “conspiracy theories” – the COVID lab leak, for example, or like banning gas stoves – that turned out to be true?

Climate Activisits are actively engaged in Arson
Reply to  Anonymous
June 8, 2023 11:11 am

Climate activitists are setting fires.

The idea that this happened from heat is believable only if you live in a bubble. It has been unusually cold, and rainy where these fires are coming from. In May, there was below freezing temps.

It has been cold, wet and rainy, excpet for one week of sunshine and heat. So, please, stop spreading lies about Global Warming. I live in North of Montreal and its been freezing cold and wet.

Take Care
June 7, 2023 6:21 pm

The air quality rating for brooklyn right now on the iPhone app is 395 which is rated as ‘hazardous’. Best stay inside with closed windows, no ac, and turn air purifiers on if possible.