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Boat passengers on a jetty wear face masks in Bangkok, Thailand, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020 to protect themselves from new virus infection. Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the coronavirus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe)

Asian demand for face masks soars on fears of Chinese virus

Jan. 28, 2020 6:12 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Panic and pollution drive the market for protective face masks, so business is booming in Asia, where fear of the virus from China is straining supplies and helping make mask-wearing the new normal. Demand for face masks and hand sanitizing liquid has soared, as both local residents and...

A thick layer of smog covers central Bangkok, Thailand, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. Thick haze blanketed the Thai capital on Monday sending air pollution levels soaring to 89 micrograms per cubic meter of PM2.5 particles in some areas, according to the Pollution Control Department. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

Unhealthy levels of smog choke Thai capital for over a week

Jan. 20, 2020 7:54 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Unhealthy levels of smog have choked Bangkok for more than a week, as the Thai capital's residents fume over the ineffectiveness of government measures to combat the problem. As thick haze blanketed the city on Monday, pollution levels soared to 95 micrograms per cubic meter of PM 2.5...

A man wearing a face mask attends during a protest against the high levels of air pollution in Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. Cities throughout the Balkans have been hit by dangerous levels of air pollution in recent days, prompting residents' anger and government warnings to stay indoors and avoid physical activity. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Protesters in face masks march against Belgrade's smog

Jan. 17, 2020 3:36 PM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Hundreds of people have rallied in Serbia's capital to protest the heavy pollution that has gripped Belgrade in recent days. Many participants in Friday's protest wore face masks as they gathered outside City Hall and marched through downtown. Activists behind the event said the...

A woman walks across a busy bridge in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. Serbia's government on Wednesday called an emergency meeting, as many cities throughout the Balkans have been hit by dangerous levels of air pollution in recent days, prompting residents' anger and government warnings to stay indoors and avoid physical activity. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Anger, emergency measures in smog-stifled Balkan cities

Jan. 15, 2020 10:03 AM EST

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Major cities in a series of Balkan countries have been hit by dangerous levels of smog in recent days, prompting anger among residents and official warnings to stay indoors and avoid physical activity. Serbia's government called an urgent meeting to address the problem Wednesday,...

Passengers wait for trains in the morning fog in New Delhi, India, Monday, Dec. 30, 2019. The Indian capital which is witnessing the longest spell of cold weather in the last 22 years, woke up to a blanket of dense fog disrupting rail, road and air traffic adversely. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

North India prepares for New Year's enveloped in cold smog

Dec. 30, 2019 7:53 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — Opaque, chilly smog blanketed northern India on Monday as low temperatures collided with hazardous levels of air pollution. Across many cities in the region, including New Delhi, the capital, visibility was reduced to 200 meters (218 yards), according to the India Meteorological...

People wear masks to help guard against dangerous levels of air pollution in Tehran, Iran, Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. Poor air quality forced Iran’s government on Monday to keep all schools closed in the capital, Tehran, and other cities. Schools were closed since Saturday, and will remain closed until Wednesday, the end of the week in Iran, according to the official IRNA news agency. Tehran’s air is among the most polluted in the world. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Poor air quality keeps schools closed in Iran’s capital

Dec. 23, 2019 11:24 AM EST

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Dangerously poor air quality forced Iran’s government on Monday to extend school closures in the capital Tehran, a city home to over 10 million people. Schools have been closed since Saturday and will remain shut until Wednesday, the end of Iran's workweek, according to the...