Smog shrouds the Millennium Monument in the Heroes' Square in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, Jan. 23, 2017, when the level of air pollution reaches dangerous levels in the capital and large parts of the country. (Bea Kallos/MTI via AP)
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Heavy pollution enveloping much of Europe prompted emergency measures across the continent Tuesday.Eastern Europe has also been hit by blanket of smog, exacerbated by the heavy use of wood and coal during the cold snap.Hungarian officials have issued pollution alerts for about 20 cities, including Budapest, where cars without catalytic converters have been forbidden from roads from Monday to Wednesday.Poland also plans to ban the use of low-quality coal – an important but costly measure in a country where coal is used to heat 72 percent of homes.
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