A special hearth (left) for "green" cremations uses less wood and takes less time than traditional cremations. The new cremation method cuts down on air pollution. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
David Gilkey/NPR

In India, Eco-Friendly Cremation Is Easy — But It's A Tough Sell

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/477350818/477529367" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Coal fires burn early in the morning in January 2014 at a privately owned coal mine in India's Jharkand state, making the air dense with noxious smoke and dust. Forty percent of India's mineral wealth lies in Jharkhand. Johnny Haglund hide caption

toggle caption
Johnny Haglund

India's Quandary: Climate Change And Coal

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/456716184/457565126" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Beijing's chronic high pollution has forced residents to adjust to living with the haze. China is the world's biggest greenhouse gas emitter, but until recently, the government treated air pollution and climate change as separate issues, saying climate change was a Western problem. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Andy Wong/AP

China's Greenhouse Gases Don't Seem To Trouble Most Of Its Citizens

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/456777290/457278018" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. in January 2015. Jim Cole/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Jim Cole/AP

Supreme Court Rules In Industry's Favor. What's EPA's Next Move?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/418581616/418641218" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The Speck air quality monitor costs $200, but is available to all through Pittsburgh's public library system. Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab hide caption

toggle caption
Carnegie Mellon University CREATE Lab

A Home Air Quality Monitor That Can Be Checked Out From The Library

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/408786881/409309324" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Poland's second-largest city is also a major tourist destination. Krakow (seen here at night from the Krakus Mound) is suffering some of the worst air pollution in Europe. Arek Olek/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption
Arek Olek/Flickr

Plagued By Smog, Krakow Struggles To Break Its Coal-Burning Habit

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/394878756/398948742" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A woman wears a face mask on a hazy January day in downtown Shanghai. China has ordered a popular anti-pollution film removed from major online outlets. In Xi'an, two people who had protested against smog were reportedly detained. ALY SONG/Reuters /Landov hide caption

toggle caption
ALY SONG/Reuters /Landov

A lot of the airborne particles in the Earth's atmosphere come from natural sources, such as desert dust (red-orange) and sea salt (blue). But there's also soot from fires (green and yellow) and sulfur emissions (white) from burning fossil fuel. William Putman/ NASA/Goddard hide caption

toggle caption
William Putman/ NASA/Goddard

Journalist Chai Jing used $160,000 of her own money to produce a documentary on China's air pollution problem. Screenshot/Under the Dome hide caption

toggle caption
Screenshot/Under the Dome

The Anti-Pollution Documentary That's Taken China By Storm

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/390689033/390757840" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Smoke rises from chimneys of coal-based power plants in the Sonbhadra District of Uttar Pradesh, India. The Washington Post/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
The Washington Post/Getty Images

Young Indians Learn To Fight Pollution To Save Lives

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/388901963/388901964" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A jogger goes for a run amid heavy smog in Shanghai on Wednesday. China has for the first time agreed to limit its carbon emissions, but critics are questioning whether the move goes far enough. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
AFP/Getty Images

China Agrees To Pollution Limits, But Will It Make A Difference?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/364001658/364001659" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Many people like these Tibetans in Qinghai, China, rely on indoor stoves for heating and cooking. That causes serious health problems. Courtesy of One Earth Designs hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of One Earth Designs

Police were checking cars throughout Paris on Monday, including near the Arc de Triomphe, as the city tried to cut air pollution by instituting odd-even driving restrictions. Philippe Wojazer /Reuters /Landov hide caption

toggle caption
Philippe Wojazer /Reuters /Landov

Headlamps make cold nights cozier, but leave the fuel-burning lanterns and stoves outside. Gopal Vijayaraghavan/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption
Gopal Vijayaraghavan/Flickr