Here’s how NPR reporters around the world are dealing with air pollution

NPR reporters and freelance journalists share their experiences with air pollution in cities like Beijing, Seoul, New Delhi, Mexico City, and Johannesburg.

Beijing and Seoul: Beijing has improved its air quality over the years by moving factories out of the city and replacing coal stoves with electric heat.
* However, dust storms still cause occasional AQI readings of 500 or worse.
* Seoul faces pollution issues related to its proximity to China, automobiles, and heavy industry.

New Delhi: The city faces dangerous pollution levels, reaching AQI levels of 500 to 600 in the winter.
* Studies suggest breathing in the polluted air is as dangerous as smoking around two dozen cigarettes per day.
* Pollution is influencing residents’ decisions on whether to raise children in the city.

Mexico City: Once known as the most polluted city in the world, the city’s air quality has improved due to government regulations on vehicle usage and industrial output.
* Residents now experience fewer environmental contingencies in a year.

Johannesburg: Air quality in South Africa varies significantly depending on the location, with wealthier areas experiencing better air quality.
* Limited availability of reliable data is a challenge to monitoring air quality across the African continent.

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