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Out of thin air

  • Prize
    Winner in State of the World/Environmental issues
  • Photographer
    Marco Panzetti
  • Credit
    Marco Panzetti

Over the course of the last 4 decades, the population of Kathmandu (Nepal) has exploded: from few hundred thousand people to more than 3 million people.

This ultrafast, unregulated, urbanization process has caused numerous major problems, the most dramatic being a sharp increase in air pollution.

In the 2018 global Environmental Performance Index (EPI), Nepal ranked last in terms of air quality among the 180 countries listed.