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These 5 cities are tackling the air pollution crisis

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Air pollution causes an estimated 7 million premature deaths every year. Image: Unsplash/ Kouji Tsuru

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A birdseye view of Bogota, Colombia
Bogota is one of Latin America’s leaders in reducing air pollution. Image: UN environment programme.

A view of a building in Warsaw, Poland.
Poland is home to 36 of the European Union’s 50 most-polluted cities. Image: UN environment programme.

A view of buildings in Seoul, South Korea.
PM2.5 levels in Seoul are about twice those of other major cities in developed countries. Image: UN environment programme.

A view of a monument and trees in Accra, Ghana.
The Ghanaian capital’s average air pollution levels are five times WHO guidelines. Image: UN environment programme.

Birdseye view of Bangkok, Thailand at night-time.
In 2020, hundreds of schools were forced to close as the levels of PM2.5 in the air reached unsafe levels. Image: UN environment programme.

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