The sky above the city of Leipzig may not show any visible sign of pollution. But that doesn't mean that the air is clean. The EU estimates that some 400,000 citizens die prematurely as a result of poor air quality every year.
Plans to rapidly cut coal use in China halted after households were left without heat. But air quality appears to have improved despite the setback.
Angela Merkel has pledged to unlock millions of euros in emergency funds to help clean up air quality in German cities. Authorities meeting at a "diesel summit" in Berlin are hoping to avoid a ban on diesel vehicles.
Dirty air resulted in the premature deaths of more than 500,000 people in the European Union in 2014, the European Environment Agency reports. Pollution needs to be reduced, agency heads and environmentalists agree.
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.
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