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National Geographic Magazine
April 2021
The Fight for Clean Air
by Beth Gardiner
In winter, coal stoves and power plants choke Mongolia's capital, Ulaanbaatar, with smoke—and lung disease.
Photograph by Matthieu Paley

Pollution accounts for seven million premature deaths a year. It's a problem we can solve.

Nowhere on Earth is the cost of pollution more palpable than in Ulaanbataar, where in winter the smoke of burnt coal chokes the air. It is a global problem – and in the shadow of COVID-19, at a time when what we breathe in has never been more prescient, we must tackle it. 

Also in the April edition of National Geographic:

Wildfire smoke following years of catastrophic fires, experts analyse what's in the smoke – and what it's done to health
Florida panthers an endangered cat is making a comeback – but development threatens its survival.
Amazon insects A new experiment reveals new insects far above the forest floor  
Aretha Franklin
the origins, trajectory and genius of one of soul's greatest voices


The art of chalkboards
Farming inequality
Rethinking the Everest selfie


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