Hi! I am Annabelle Timsit, the Quartz journalist who recently traveled to the city with the world’s most toxic air to report on the impact of air pollution on kids. Ask me anything!
I have spent the past year writing about the importance of children’s early years of life. This project has taken me around the world, from India to Mongolia to France and the US. In Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, I saw how air pollution can ruin kids’ health, keep them out of school, and affect their normal development. I also saw how the burning of fossil fuels can make large cities unlivable: On one given day in Ulaanbaatar, pollution levels reached 150 times the WHO limit. This is important because more than 90% of the world’s 1.8 billion children are exposed to toxic air pollutants, so Mongolia holds lessons for us all. I’m looking forward to answering any questions you have.
EDIT THURSDAY 4 pm EST/8 pm GMT
Thank you for asking so many great questions! I have to sign off for the day now, but I know I left many questions unanswered and so I’ll try to come back tomorrow to answer them and any more you might have.
EDIT FRIDAY 10 AM EST/2PM GMT
I'm signing off! Thank you to everyone who read my story and asked thoughtful questions. You made my first Reddit experience a really great one. And thanks for hosting me r/IAmA.