Mongolia: A toxic warning to the world - BBC News

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All over the world cities are grappling with apocalyptic air pollution but the small capital of Mongolia is suffering from some of the worst in the world.

And the problem is intrinsically linked to climate change.

The country has already warmed by 2.2 degrees, forcing thousands of people to abandon the countryside and the traditional herding lifestyle every year for the smog-choked city where 90% of children are breathing toxic air every day.

Population Reporter Stephanie Hegarty finds out why.

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Forget about outer space. We will need astronaut helmets on earth.

Author — Mark Yaske


BBC, i know this is serious so stop using the dramatic glitching effect please.

Author — yee yu ong


A lot of Americans who oppose 'green' initiatives don't realize that this is what many industrialized cities in the US were like prior to the EPA and the clean air act. The underlying point of this video is also pertinent: it's not just the change itself, but also the unpredictability that is wreaking havoc ....

Author — K. C


It's depressing how many people in their comments make it obvious that they missed the whole point of the video ....

Climate change is driving Mongolians away from their traditional way of life and into the city, where unchecked air pollution is making them sick.

Author — K. C


London had this problem in the sixties so they came up with the Clean Air Act

Author — sean o'haimheirgin


And meanwhile in the US, congressman brings a giant ball of ice from his state to prove climate change isn't real. An absolute disgrace.

Author — Madhumitha Thangamani


Editor: What visual effects do you want?

Director: *Yes*

Author — Hamham


7:29 "He's stopped coughing since we turned it on."
Okay, you got me, that was upsetting.

Author — xyaeiounn


And our great president wants to revitalize the coal industry and claims climate change is a hoax 🤔

Author — Angela Roberts


I predate the English Clean Air act. I remember scenes like this in the UK. Not nice, not nice at all.

Author — Leslie White


It'd be great if some philanthropist (or better, international aid) contributed to putting clean energy farms in Mongolia...perhaps lifting the need for coal heating. :/

Author — archlinuxrussian


Somebody adds subtitle please. Non-English speaking part of the world should understand this problem completely as well

Author — No Name


As I'm from Ulan-Bator city, Mongolia, I approve of this video. We have terrible air pollution in winter especially in the morning and evening. There's no way to go out without protective mask. I hope we could solve the problem effectively soon.

Author — Enkhnamar Enkhbold


Probably doesn't help when you're next door to China.

Author — se7enX89X


This is a big reminder of how life used to be in London. Good to see other people learning from history ... NOT.

Author — Neil Doerdan


What are the big businesses doing! Killing us softly

Author — Debbie Coker


I wish more people would care for the environment.

Author — Lexi Rae


I have been in conditions like this whilst in India. The atmosphere so thick with pollution you can see the particles in the air, and difficult to breathe without coughing. Luckily for me, I was able to move from those areas quite quickly as I was travelling... but for many people, this is their home.

This can never be right.

Author — Michael Summerell


George Carlin explained all this stuff perfectly.

Author — Dan Rom


I feel bad for them..especially for the little ones,

Author — Sweet Pie