National Geographic Daily News

Air Pollution Victim

Photograph by Bob Sacha

A Hebei, China, resident says his neck lesions are the result of a toxic environment. It's a likely story—barely a third of China's cities have air that meets national air-quality levels, which are below World Health Organization levels. Indoor air pollution from coal burning takes more than 700,000 lives a year, and respiratory diseases cause nearly a quarter of all deaths in the countryside.

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