A Chinese woman wearing a protection mask walks near the iconic headquarters of China's state broadcaster Central China Television (CCTV) at the Central Business District in Beijing as the capital of China is blanked by heavy smog Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. China's Ministry of Environment says an unspecified number of companies have violated measures meant to reduce smog as the country deals with a phase of particularly noxious pollution. Beijing has been on "orange alert" the second highest pollution alert level since Friday. The alert was originally due to end on Sunday but authorities have extended it a further three days.

Over 95% of the world is breathing dangerous air, but the poorest are suffering the most

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A study on global air pollution found a majority of the world breathes unsafe air, and the poorest communities, particularly in developing countries such as China and India, are hardest hit.

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A Chinese woman wearing a protection mask walks near the iconic headquarters of China's state broadcaster Central China Television (CCTV) at the Central Business District in Beijing as the capital of China is blanked by heavy smog Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. China's Ministry of Environment says an unspecified number of companies have violated measures meant to reduce smog as the country deals with a phase of particularly noxious pollution. Beijing has been on "orange alert" the second highest pollution alert level since Friday. The alert was originally due to end on Sunday but authorities have extended it a further three days.
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But it’s not just about being exposed to unsafe air—rural areas are at particular risk of indoor air pollution too, usually caused by burning solid fuels for cooking or heating.

A Chinese woman wearing a protection mask walks near the iconic headquarters of China's state broadcaster Central China Television (CCTV) at the Central Business District in Beijing as the capital of China is blanked by heavy smog Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. China's Ministry of Environment says an unspecified number of companies have violated measures meant to reduce smog as the country deals with a phase of particularly noxious pollution. Beijing has been on "orange alert" the second highest pollution alert level since Friday. The alert was originally due to end on Sunday but authorities have extended it a further three days.
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Globally, one in three people faces the double blow of exposure to dangerous air both indoors and out.

A Chinese woman wearing a protection mask walks near the iconic headquarters of China's state broadcaster Central China Television (CCTV) at the Central Business District in Beijing as the capital of China is blanked by heavy smog Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. China's Ministry of Environment says an unspecified number of companies have violated measures meant to reduce smog as the country deals with a phase of particularly noxious pollution. Beijing has been on "orange alert" the second highest pollution alert level since Friday. The alert was originally due to end on Sunday but authorities have extended it a further three days.
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Exposure to air pollution contributed to over 6 million deaths across the world in 2017. It plays a major role in increasing the risk of lung cancer, strokes, and heart attacks.

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