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Air pollution is a major global environmental health risk factor that kills approximately 6 million people—mostly from underserved communities in low-and middle-income countries—every year. Though public awareness of air pollution is rising in many countries, major gaps remain between scientific evidence and public awareness of health risks, causes, and solutions. Historically, public awareness and resulting civil society movements have been important drivers of actions by government, businesses, and consumers to address environmental problems. As influencers of public discourse and investigators of complex problems, journalists have a vital role in ensuring that the public is informed and engaged constructively.