Air Pollution

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2013: The Year Deadly, Suffocating Smog Consumed China

It's not a new problem, but the country's struggle with air pollution has finally gone mainstream.

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This High-Tech Bike Is Actually a Mobile Pollution-Fighting Factory

When you pedal it, the Bangkok Air-Purifier Bike supposedly removes nasty stuff from the atmosphere.

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Shanghai's Air Pollution Today Was Literally Off the Charts

Blame cars, and coal-fired burners.

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China Keeps It Classy With Designer Smog-Filtration Masks

What pairs best with the Asian brown cloud? Try the "Vogmask."

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These Pictures Capture Just How Horrifying China's Smog Situation Is Right Now

Cold weather brought brutal levels of air pollution to the country's north.

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Air Pollution Has Shut Down a Major Chinese City

A lack of wind, corn burning for the harvest, and the onset of central heat fouled up Harbin's air so much that schools and offices had to close. 

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The Most Widespread Environmental Carcinogen? The Air We Breathe

A ground-breaking new report finds that air pollution – not any one contaminant – is the "leading environmental cause of cancer deaths."

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The World's Worst Cities for Air Pollution Might Not Be the Ones You'd Expect

Exposure is getting worse in parts of the world, especially industrializing countries.

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Kolkata Tries to Reduce Traffic in the Worst Possible Way

Officials recently decided to prohibit people form using bicycles on nearly 200 streets in the central city during the day.

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'Where One Coal Power Plant Stops, Another Begins'

A train tour through China's coal country, where every bit of the shadowy landscape has been pressed into the service of power generation.

Here's Where You're Most Likely to Die From Air Pollution

A new NASA map of the planet lays out the depressing geographies of smog and premature death.

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Utah's Air Quality Alerts May Have Inadvertently Put More Cars on the Road

Evidence of a particularly negative feedback loop.

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China's Newest Market Opportunity: Pollution Control

DIY entrepreneurs have developed ingenious—and affordable—products to satisfy the public's insatiable demand for pure air.

South America Might Soon Be Covered in Dust From the Sahara

Wind is lifting thousands of tons of desert sand into the air and blowing it over the Atlantic Ocean; this intriguing animation shows where it's headed.

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A Giant Vortex of Wildfire Smoke Is Hovering Over Russia

The skies are clouded with ashy gas that's pouring from thousands of acres of burning plants.

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Air Pollution Kills More Than 2 Million a Year

But silver lining: This scourge isn't being worsened much by that other anthropogenic menace, climate change.

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Aerial Views Show Just How Awful the Fire-Smog Over Singapore Has Become

And this could go on for several weeks.

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Indonesia Tells Singapore It's 'Behaving Like a Child' About Smog Coming From Indonesia

Record air pollution levels hit the city-state thanks to forest fires in its neighboring country.

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China's Deadly Air Pollution Jumped 30 Percent This Year

In 2010, air pollution contributed to 1.2 million deaths and 2013 looks like it could be even worse.