Jonathan Mingle is a former Middlebury Fellow in Environmental Journalism. He is the author of Fire and Ice: Soot, Solidarity, and Survival on the Roof of the World. (September 2019)

IN THE REVIEW

Our Lethal Air

Smog in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India, January 2019

The Invisible Killer: The Rising Global Threat of Air Pollution—and How We Can Fight Back

by Gary Fuller

Choked: Life and Breath in the Age of Air Pollution

by Beth Gardiner
Nearly half a century after the Clean Air Act instituted the world’s most stringent emissions controls, the problem of air pollution is far from being solved in the US or anywhere else. Pollution has proved much more persistent, and exposure to it much more damaging, than anyone expected. Today, 91 percent of people worldwide live in areas where air pollution levels exceed the World Health Organization’s recommended limits. The result is a global health emergency, as three new books reveal in sobering detail.