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‘You can’t escape’: Clouds of filth are choking Asia’s cities

Published on November 23, 2016

Picture of chimney from a factory producing smoke and polluting the air

The winter air in Tehran is often foul but for six days last week it was hardly breathable. A dense and poisonous chemical smog made up of traffic and factory fumes, mixed with construction dust, burning vegetation and waste has shrouded buildings, choked pedestrians, forced schools and universities to close, and filled the hospitals.

Anyone who could flee the Iranian mega-city of 15 million people has done so, but, say the authorities, in the past two weeks more than 400 people have died as a direct result of the pollution, known as the Asian “brown cloud”.

Continue reading about this issue, which includes research from the Global Burden of Disease Project through the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, at The Guardian

Originally published by The Guardian & John Vidal
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