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    Stinking white foam leaked from Wende Road after the pavement cracked in Pukou District in Nanjing, east China's Jiangsu province on May 11, 2013. According to the World Bank in 2007, 16 of the world's 20 most polluted cities are in China.
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    The air pollution levels in the sky over Tiananmen Square during the National People's Congress in Beijing is seen in this combination picture taken on the dates March 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14 and 15 (L-R) in 2013. Air quality in Beijing has mostly stayed above "very unhealthy" and "hazardous" levels since the beginning of this year.
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    Masses of vehicles move slowly to cross Yingze Bridge in a serious traffic jam during rush hour in Taiyuan city, China, May 27, 2013. Air pollution is shortening the lives of people in northern China by about 5.5 years compared to the south, according to a new report by experts in China, the United States and Israel.
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    A journalist takes a sample from the red polluted water in the Jianhe River in Luoyang, Henan province, China, Dec. 13, 2011. According to local media, the sources of the pollution are two illegal chemical plants discharging their production waste water into the rain sewer pipes.
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    Mountains of trash sit by a river in Minkou county, Leping city, China, March 2, 2013. China has more than 247 cancer villages, according to a map widely circulated on the Internet. The map caught public attention after the Ministry of Environmental Protection admitted the existence of such villages and said pollution was to blame for high cancer rates among their residents.
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    A man smokes next to a pond filled with dead fish on the outskirts of Wuhan, central China's Hubei province, June 4, 2007. About 125,000 kg of fish died in three days due to water pollution, local media reported.
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    A man wearing a mask is seen on a street in Beijing, China, May 2, 2013. The policy of giving out free coal everywhere north of the Huai River in central China between 1950 and 1980 meant more heart and lung disease among 500 million people living in the area, an international study shows.
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    Laborers work to drain sewage water from a leaked sewage tank at a copper mine in Shanghang, Fujian province, China, July 13, 2010. The sewage leak from the copper mine owned by Zijin Mining Group Co has polluted a river and reservoir in Fujian province, Xinhua news agency reported. Xinhua cited environmental authorities as saying the leak killed or poisoned about 1.89 million kg of fish.
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    A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province, China, July 15, 2011. Local media say the algae called Enteromorpha Prolifera arrived from the Yellow Sea causing damage to the tourism and aquatic farming.
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    An elderly man exercises in the morning as he faces chimneys emitting smoke behind factories across the Songhua River in Jilin, Jilin province, China, Feb. 24, 2013.
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    A statue of China's late Chairman Mao Zedong is seen in front of buildings during a hazy day in Shenyang, Liaoning province, China, May 7, 2013.
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    Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province, June 19, 2009. As the temperature rises, Cyanobacteria spreads in Chaohu Lake, worsening the water quality and sending out strong smells, local media reported.
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    A group walks along the Bund as they distribute facemasks to pedestrians to raise awareness of air pollution in downtown Shanghai, Jan. 24, 2013. Environmental problems are a source of rising social discontent in China.
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    Waste water is discharged from a factory in Lv Liangshan, China, Feb. 23, 2013. Beijing promised new measures to crack down on air pollution, partly by hastening a shift to renewable energy from fossil fuels.
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