Mongolia: A toxic warning to the world - BBC News

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Mongolia: A toxic warning to the world - BBC News 4.5
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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BBC, i know this is serious so stop using the dramatic glitching effect please.

Author — yee yu ong

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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

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

Author — sean o'haimheirgin

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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

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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

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Editor: What visual effects do you want?

Director: *Yes*

Author — Hamham

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

Author — Angela Roberts

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

Author — Mark Yaske

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

Author — xyaeiounn

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

Author — Leslie White

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So sad
We need to do something about our planet
And educate people

Author — Trinidad Sanchez

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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

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What are the big businesses doing! Killing us softly

Author — Debbie Coker

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

Author — No Name

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Modern man is preoccupied with other things. Sorry earth. Sorry us.

Author — Revival of the fittest Only the strong survive

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George Carlin explained all this stuff perfectly.

Author — Dan Rom

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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

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Wait till Mother Nature kicks our ASSES and takes back wuts hers

Author — oOo ScAnDiLuSs

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I wish more people would care for the environment.

Author — Lexi Rae

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Mongolia: Our capital city is one of the most heavily polluted smoking by burning coals.
China: Hold my Beer!

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