Breathing is the most universal experience there is. But in too many places, it carries a hidden danger. Scientists have linked air pollution to a long and growing list of health problems, from heart attacks and strokes to dementia and premature birth. Environmental journalist Beth Gardiner explains that the air we breathe is literally killing us, but she finds hope in this global threat too. Beth explores how our air got so toxic and what we can do to clean it up. Beth is a journalist and the author of Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future. Her writing on everything from health and sustainability to politics, feminism, food and the arts has appeared in publications including the New York Times, the Guardian and National Geographic. She’s a former longtime Associated Press reporter, and has lived in London for more than 18 years. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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