Nothing is as elemental, as essential to human life, as the air we
breathe. Yet around the world, in rich countries and poor ones, it
is quietly poisoning us. Air pollution prematurely kills seven
million people every year, including more than one hundred thousand
Americans. It is strongly linked to strokes, heart attacks, many
kinds of cancer, dementia, and premature birth, among other
ailments. In Choked, Beth Gardiner travels the world to tell the
story of this modern-day plague, taking readers from the halls of
power in Washington and the diesel-fogged London streets she walks
with her daughter to Poland's coal heartland and India's gasping
capital. In a gripping narrative that's alive with powerful voices
and personalities, she exposes the political decisions and economic
forces that have kept so many of us breathing dirty air. This is a
moving, up-close look at the human toll, where we meet the
scientists who have transformed our understanding of pollution's
effects on the body and the ordinary people fighting for a cleaner
future. In the United States, air is far cleaner than it once was.
But progress has failed to keep up with the science, which tells us
that even today's lower pollution levels are doing real damage. And
as the Trump administration rips up the regulations that have
brought us where we are, decades of gains are now at risk.
Elsewhere, the problem is far worse, and choking nations like China
are scrambling to replicate the achievements of an American
agency--the EPA--that until recently was the envy of the world.
Clean air feels like a birthright. But it can disappear in a puff
of smoke if the rules that protect it are unraveled. At home and
around the world, it's never been more important to understand how
progress happened and what dangers might still be in store. Choked
shows us that we hold the power to build a cleaner, healthier
future: one in which breathing, life's most basic function, no
longer carries a hidden danger.
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