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Excavators are seen during rescue operations at an industrial estate hit by a landslide in Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China

A Chinese woman wearing mask walks in a shopping street during a hazy day in Beijing city, China, on Tuesday.  Beijing issued a red alert for smog, urging schools to close and residents to stay indoors for the second time in 10 days. Restrictions

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A Chinese woman wearing a mask walks in a shopping street during a hazy day in Beijing city, China, on Tuesday. Beijing issued a red alert for smog, urging schools to close and residents to stay indoors for the second time in 10 days

Rescuers search for potential survivors following a landslide at an industrial park in Shenzhen, in south China's Guangdong province, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015.  Authorities blamed an enormous, man-made mountain of soil and waste for the collapse of nearly three dozen buildings that left 81 people missing in southern China's most prominent manufacturing city. Rescuers excavating the mud-drenched mess pulled out one body early Tuesday, the landslide's first confirmed death

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Rescuers search for potential survivors following a landslide at an industrial park in Shenzhen, in south China’s Guangdong province, Tuesday

Rescue workers search for survivors in the aftermath of a landslide in Shenzhen in southern China's Guangdong province Monday. The massive landslide buried dozens of buildings when it swept through an industrial park in the Chinese city

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Rescue workers search for survivors in the aftermath of a landslide in Shenzhen in southern China’s Guangdong province Monday. The massive landslide buried dozens of buildings when it swept through an industrial park in the Chinese cit

A woman wears a mask as she visits the Forbidden City during a sunny day in Beijing Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Residents in the Chinese capital are preparing for its second smog red alert as a wave of smog is forecasted to settle over the city from Saturday to Tuesday.

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A woman wears a mask as she visits the Forbidden City during a sunny day in Beijing Friday. Residents in the Chinese capital are preparing for its second smog red alert as a wave of smog is forecasted to settle over the city

A man walks past steam rising from underground heating pipes outside a shopping mall in Beijing

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A man walks past steam rising from underground heating pipes outside a shopping mall in Beijing

Chinese Paramilitary guards stand on the stairs after Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE's deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces leaves the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on December 14, 2015.

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Chinese Paramilitary guards stand on the stairs after Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and UAE’s deputy commander-in-chief of the armed forces leaves the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Monday

Members from North Korea's Moranbong band walk out of their hotel in Beijing on Friday. North Korea's premier pop group, the all-girl Moranbong band formed by leader Kim Jong-Un, is electrifying audiences in China in shows aimed at harmonising out-of-tune ties between the traditional allies

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Members from North Korea’s Moranbong band walk out of their hotel in Beijing on Friday. North Korea’s premier pop group, the all-girl Moranbong band formed by leader Kim Jong-Un, is electrifying audiences in China

A paramilitary policeman wearing a mask stands guard in front of the giant portrait of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong, amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever "red alert" for air pollution in Beijing, China, December 9, 2015. Picture taken December 9, 2015.

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A paramilitary policeman wearing a mask stands guard in front of the giant portrait of Chinese late chairman Mao Zedong, amid heavy smog after the city issued its first ever “red alert” for air pollution in Beijing, China

A woman wearing a protective mask against smog poses for photos at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing, China

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A woman wearing a mask to protect against smog poses for photos at the Temple of Heaven Park in Beijing, China

Chinese man wears a protective face mask as he passes by the CCTV building on a day of heavy pollution on November 30, 2015 in Beijing, China. China's capital and many cities in the northern part of the country recorded the worst smog of the year with air quality devices in some areas unable to read such high levels of pollutants. Levels of PM 2.5, considered the most hazardous, crossed 600 units in Beijing, nearly 25 times the acceptable standard set by the World Health Organization. The governments of more than 190 countries are meeting in Paris this week to set targets on reducing carbon emissions in an attempt to forge a new global agreement on climate change.

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Chinese man wears a protective face mask as he passes by the CCTV building on a day of heavy pollution on Monday in Beijing, China. China’s capital and many cities in the northern part of the country recorded the worst smog of the year with air quality devices in some areas unable to read such high levels of pollutants

A Chinese tourist walks in the tongue of Glacier 1 at the base of the 7,556 m (24,790 ft) Mount Gongga, known in Tibetan as Minya Konka, China. Hailuogou is one of China's 8,500 monsoonal glaciers and the longest of 71 glaciers on the eastern slope of Mt. Gongga. Monsoonal glaciers are found at lower altitudes and are at much higher risk to the effects of rising temperatures and climate change. Chinese scientists studying the impact on the Tibetan plateau warn the ablation rate of monsoonal glaciers is alarming. Data shows the Hailuogou basin glaciers have lost nearly 3 kilometers of mass since the 1960s and the rate is accelerating. Some researchers are concerned the glaciers could shrink at an accelerated rate beyond the present 20 meters a year and thin at a rate of more than 1 meter per year. At an upcoming conference in Paris, the governments of 196 countries will meet to set targets on reducing carbon emissions in an attempt to forge a new global agreement on climate change.

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A Chinese tourist walks in the tongue of Glacier 1 at the base of the 7,556 m (24,790 ft) Mount Gongga, known in Tibet as Minya Konka. Hailuogou is one of China’s 8,500 monsoonal glaciers and the longest of 71 glaciers on the eastern slope of Mt. Gongga

Two Chinese J-10 aircraft from the People's Liberation Army Air Force cross each other during the combined exercise ''Falcon Strike 2015'' at the Wing 1 Korat air base in Korat on Tuesday. Thailand and China have been conducting their first ever joint air force drill, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between junta-run kingdom and its huge northern neighbour

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Two Chinese J-10 aircraft from the People’s Liberation Army Air Force cross each other during the combined exercise ”Falcon Strike 2015” at the Wing 1 Korat air base in Korat on Tuesday. Thailand and China have been conducting their first ever joint air force drill, a symbol of the blossoming military and political ties between junta-run kingdom and its huge northern neighbour

Visitors watch a robot demonstration during the World Robot Conference in Beijing on November 24, 2015. The World Robot Conference being is held in Beijing from November 23 to 25.

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Visitors watch a robot demonstration during the World Robot Conference in Beijing on Tuesday

Chinese tourists walk on a slippery section of ice as snow is seen on the Great Wall after a snowfall on Monday near Beijing, China. China's capital and the northern part of the country received snow on Sunday as winter set in

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Chinese tourists walk on a slippery section of ice as snow is seen on the Great Wall after a snowfall on Monday near Beijing, China

An elderly man tosses fallen gingko tree leaves into the air in a park in Beijing, Friday, Nov. 20, 2015. China's capital has been hit with unusually cool and wet weather in recent weeks. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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A man tosses fallen gingko tree leaves into the air in a park in Beijing. China’s capital has been hit with unusually cool and wet weather in recent weeks 

Mother of a fireman Zhang Qian who killed in the Tianjin chemical explosions accident,  grieves on her son's tombstone at the 100th days memorial  in a martyr's cemetery in Tianjin city, China, on Thursday. Explosions and a fireball at a chemical warehouse killed at least 165 people in the north-eastern Chinese port city of Tianjin late on 12 August. The magnitude of the initial blast was similar to three tons of TNT exploding and a second blast's magnitude was equivalent to 21 tons of TNT, China's earthquake bureau said.

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Mother of a fireman Zhang Qian who killed in the Tianjin chemical explosions accident, grieves on her son’s tombstone at the 100th days memorial in a martyr’s cemetery in Tianjin city, China, on Thursday

Workers walk past a billboard display showing a scene of Central Business District, as capital city skylines are shrouded with pollutant haze in Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Heading into this month's Paris meeting, the world's biggest source of climate-changing gases has yet to accept binding limits. But it has invested in solar, wind and hydro power to clean up its smog-choked cities and curb surging demand for imported oil and gas. That contributed last year to a surprise fall in coal consumption. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

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Workers walk past a billboard display showing a scene of Central Business District, as capital city skylines are shrouded with pollutant haze in Beijing, China

Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy compete at the ice dance during the China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, in Beijing, China, on Friday

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Anna Cappellini and Luca Lanotte of Italy compete at the ice dance during the China ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating, in Beijing, China, on Friday

Women practice yoga during a performance on a glass bridge at the Shiniuzhai National Geo-park in Pingjiang county, Hunan province, China, November 5, 2015

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Women practice yoga during a performance on a glass bridge at the Shiniuzhai National Geo-park in Pingjiang county, Hunan province, China on Thursday