As world leaders meet in Paris to curb dangerous carbon emissions, people in China face some of the highest levels of air pollutants and dense smog. Transportation, industry and widespread use of coal for heating are all contributing to the problem.
A blanket of thick smog carrying harmful particulate matter has engulfed large parts of northern India and Pakistan. Hospitals in the region are witnessing a huge spike in patients suffering from respiratory problems.
As Trump's America takes a back seat over climate action, China is expected to take on a lead role in shaping global policies to tackle carbon emissions and promote renewables. Beijing's climate record, though, is mixed.
The Indian capital is covered in a blanket of thick smog as the concentration of harmful particulate matter in the air reached hazardous levels. Local officials have asked schools to remain shut until Sunday.
Thousands of runners have taken part in the Delhi Half Marathon despite health warnings from doctors. Participants have to cover 21.1 kilometers in one of the world's most polluted cities.
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