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Asian countries rush to fight toxic air pollution

Bangkok deploys rainmaking plane while Seoul clamps down on diesel trucks

For weeks, Bangkok has not seen a clear sky, as the Thai capital experiences its worst air quality in years.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- From Thailand, to South Korea and India, polluted air has suffocated some of Asia's largest cities, pushing authorities to step up measures to fight smog and protect their people from harmful particles entering the human body.

Despite governments' various efforts to combat toxic air pollution, the situation is likely to persist as all of them face difficulties in balancing economic growth with improvements to the environment.

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