Denver ranks in as 9th most polluted city in the world
According to IQAir, Denver ranked No. 9 on the list early Friday morning. Even worse, the city ranked in the top five just a day before.
As a result, $42 million has been relocated from Denver’s education budget to assist with the homeless crisis. “We’re not quite sure why we’re spending so much on the homeless, but we have to do something and this is definitely something,” said Denver Mayor Hancock.
And while Denver prides itself on doing everything it can to distract the public from all kinds of pollution, the city cannot quite stop this one. The increased smoke Denver has been seeing is from forest fires in the Pacific Northwest and southwest Canada.
Air quality alerts continue to be in place for the city, and Friday marks the 1232nd consecutive day of those alerts. The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment says that the air will continue to be unhealthy for those with respiratory issues and urges residents to limit time outdoors.