Central Mexico air pollution
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Air pollution envelops central Mexico

Central Mexico air pollution

Children wear face masks while participating in a cultural event on Mexico City’s central square, or Zocalo. A smoky haze that has blanketed the capital for the past week is fraying nerves, spurring health worries and generating criticism of elected officials.

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Central Mexico air pollution

Smog blankets the skyline of Mexico City, where schools have been closed and outdoor events, including professional soccer games, have been canceled under an emergency decree because of the poor air quality.

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Central Mexico air pollution

A cyclist delivering food wears a face mask in Mexico City.

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Central Mexico air pollution

Visibility is poor above Mexico City, where people have been advised to stay indoors and avoid using their vehicles while extreme smog conditions persist.

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Central Mexico air pollution

The city of Puebla, about 100 kilometers southeast of Mexico City, has also declared an air pollution alert due to many forest fires in the area.

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Central Mexico air pollution

A woman rides a bike wearing a face mask in Mexico City. 

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Central Mexico air pollution

A woman wears a face mask in Mexico City.

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Central Mexico air pollution

A thick layer of smog lies over the city of Puebla.

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