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Two-thirds of all air pollution deaths occur in Asia

WHO numbers show the grim consequences of rapid urbanization

Boys play cricket on a smoggy day in Kolkata. India's growing use of coal power threatens to exacerbate the pollution problem.   © Reuters

JAKARTA -- The sight of commuters, their faces hidden behind masks, zipping around on the back of motorcycle taxis is common across Asia. The bikes weave through gridlock in cities like Jakarta and Bangkok, getting the passengers to work on time. The masks, sometimes worn by both driver and passenger, hint that the air they breathe might not be the cleanest. 

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