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Tourists at the Griffith Observatory look out at a smog-covered Los Angeles.

These are the 8 major US cities with the worst air pollution — and 4 are in California

California cities saw high pollution levels in 2018 due to wildfires.
People gather around fences that have been erected to protect the latest piece of artwork by the underground guerrilla artist Banksy on December 20, 2018 in Port Talbot, Wales.

Banksy’s latest creation, which depicts a kid licking ash out of the air, just sold for more than $129,000 — but that wasn’t the hig...

Banksy's "Season's Greetings," an unorthodox holiday image that shows a boy licking flakes of ash from the air, sold for over 100,000 pounds.

Anti-vaxxing, diabetes, and air pollution are among the biggest global health threats of 2019

The World Health Organization lists the top threats to global health in 2019. Among them are vaccine hesitation, poor health care, and climate change.

Bad air quality can lead to poor employee productivity, NUS research finds

Feeling unproductive at work? It might be because you're exposed to air pollution.

What air pollution does to your body and brain

Breathing bad air doesn't feel good, and it also does more than just make it harder to breathe. It can change the way children's brains develop and make older adults more likely to succumb to congnitive decline.

Air pollution is so harmful to the brain that it can hurt verbal and math test scores — and it gets worse as people age

According to a new study, chronic exposure to air pollution appears to cause detrimental effects on cognition that get worse throughout life, potentially increasing risk factors for degenerative diseases like dementia and Alzheimer's.
A view of Los Angeles' smog.

Audi CEO’s arrest highlights a ‘silent killer’ thought to be involved in 53,000 deaths annually in the US

On Monday, German officials arrested Rupert Stadler, the CEO of Audi, in connection to the company's cheating on carbon-dioxide emissions tests. While he is unlikely to face American authorities, research suggests car pollution leads to tens of thousands of early deaths each year in the US.

The 14 most polluted cities in the world are all in one country

India is home to the most polluted cities in the world. Living with air pollution is a harsh reality for Indians in cities like Delhi and Jaipur, many of whom have resorted to wearing surgical masks and protesting in the street for cleaner air.
People work atop a building under construction as sun sets in Pyongyang, North Korea April 12, 2017.

The 13 countries with the highest death rates from air pollution

An overwhelming majority of the world's population breathes polluted air, according to a new report from State of Global Air.