Smoke from fires triggers "dangerous" levels of pollution in Sydney

The dense layer of smoke from forest fires burning in eastern Australia fired pollution levels in Sydney on Tuesday to "dangerous" levels, forcing some ferry trips to the bay to be canceled.

"The light winds and the abundant smoke have made Sydney and its surroundings have low visibility levels and air quality levels are dangerous," the Australian Meteorology Office said on Twitter.

Some of the most affected areas of the metropolis are the neighborhoods of Parramatta (northwest), which reached a concentration of 232 more polluting particles (PM2.5), or Macquarie Park (east) with 255 PM2.5 particles, among other areas a throughout the city.

Particles of 2.5 microns or less (PM2.5) are related to the development of cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, and cancer, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

In addition to Sydney, other cities such as neighboring Newcastle or Canberra now exceed the pollution rates that are usually recorded in Bangkok or other Asian megacities frequently punished with high levels of pollution, according to the World Air Quality Index.

In the state of New South Wales, whose capital is Sydney, today there are 80 fires, of which 35 burn without control.

The fires, which have killed six people and calcined hundreds of homes and 13,000 square kilometers of land across the country since last July 1, have been linked to the climate crisis, despite the fact that the government, defender of coal, Try to avoid the debate.

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