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Arriving at a hospital seven hours' drive from his remote village in the mountains, former gold miner He Quangui is finally put in a ward. The doctors proceed to puncture his lungs with a needle to remove syringe after syringe of air. In pain, He Quangui tries to clasp the drip pulley hanging from the ceiling; his brother-in-law Mi Shiliang is at a loss for how to comfort him. Sim Chi Yin/VII hide caption

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Shahzia Sikander, pictured here, created the film Parallax (also pictured) to explore the layers of history and change that are remaking parts of the Middle East and South Asia. Courtesy of Shahzia Sikander hide caption

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India's capital is among the most polluted cities in the world, thanks in large part to the growing number of vehicles on its roads. In its just-announced climate change plan, India does not commit to an absolute reduction of its emissions. Instead, it will slow the release of greenhouse gases. DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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