Beijing has a long way to go before its residents can breathe easy, but in the meantime, other cities and countries need the same type of global support. Reporting on pollution levels in countries like Nepal, which lacks adequate measurement capabilities of its own, is especially important. The people in these places need to know what dangers lurk in the air around them, and if the media doesn’t bring attention to their plight, they will continue to suffer.


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Shiwani Neupane is an author and journalist from Kathmandu, Nepal. She is currently pursuing a masters degree in journalism at Columbia University.