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Mayor Anne Hidalgo has called for an end to gas-powered vehicles in Paris by 2030, in favor of biking, transit, and electric cars. Here, cyclists and pedestrians on the Champs- Élysées during the city's "day without cars" on Oct. 1. Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The sky over Santa Rosa, Calif., on Monday. Lesley McClurg/KQED hide caption

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This Week's Air Quality Is Worst On Record For San Francisco Bay Area

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South Korea has the worst air pollution among the developed nations in the the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Armed With NASA Data, South Korea Confronts Its Choking Smog

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A smokestack rises in the background over the East Houston community of Manchester, Texas, where the air was heavy with what smelled like gasoline after Hurricane Harvey in late August. The neighborhood is ringed by industrial sites. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Air Pollution From Industry Plagues Houston In Harvey's Wake

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A comprehensive study of air pollution in the U.S. finds it still kills thousands a year, and disproportionately affects poor people and minorities. Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Air Pollution Still Kills Thousands Every Year, Study Concludes

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Unsold cars, used and new, are unloaded from tractor-trailers into a parking lot south of Madrid. It's one of the biggest sales areas for used cars and scrap metal near the Spanish capital. Vendors say they're anticipating difficulty selling diesel cars, now that Madrid and other European capitals have announced plans to ban them. Lauren Frayer for NPR hide caption

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In Madrid, A Plan To Fight Pollution By Shifting Away From Diesel-Run Cars

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Pollution has driven some families to leave Beijing. A group of Chinese lawyers is suing the governments of Beijing and its surrounding areas for not doing enough to get rid of the smog. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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For Some In China's Middle Class, Pollution Is Spurring Action

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Face masks were placed on stone monkeys at the Beijing Zoo on Dec. 19 to protest heavy air pollution in northeast China. A week earlier, riot police cracked down after artists put similar masks on human figures in Chengdu. STR/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Mai Dang, who owns Fashion Nails in Berkeley, Calif., does a client's nails. The ventilator hose poised over her shoulder helps keeps noxious fumes at bay. Jenny Gold/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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California Nail Salons Start To Invest In Worker Safety

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People wearing protective masks walk near the iconic headquarters of Chinese state broadcaster Central China Television in Beijing, which has been blanketed by heavy smog. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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An Indian worker sweeps a street in a cloud of choking smog in New Delhi on Monday, the day after fireworks for the Diwali festival. After millions of firecrackers were lit, New Delhi's air pollutants shot up far higher than normal levels. Money Sharma/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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