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Air pollution in Beijing...epaselect epa05256265 A Chinese, wearing a mask, passes by a sculpture during a smoggy day in Beijing city, China, 13 April 2016. The Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection received about 15,000 public complaints about pollution in 2015. The air pollution tip-offs became the top 78.3 percent of all complaints received through the ministry's hotline and 68 percent through the WeChat, according to the media reports.  EPA/WU HONG

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A Chinese, wearing a mask, passes by a sculpture during a smoggy day in Beijing city

People walk during a polluted day in Shenyang

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People walk during a polluted day in Shenyang

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

An elevation in the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, covered in a thick layer of fog, on Monday. Due to high levels of NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) in the air over the city and a certain meteorological condition, residents of Sarajevo were recommended to reduce their movement in the streets and to reduce car traffic

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An elevation in the city of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, covered in a thick layer of fog, on Monday. Due to high levels of NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) in the air over the city and a certain meteorological condition, residents of Sarajevo were recommended to reduce their movement in the streets and to reduce car traffic

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 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 Filipino informal settler boy frolics at a polluted coastline at a fishing village in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Friday. Street vendors and homeless people near the APEC 2015 venues have been rounded up, while protesters were told that they demonstrate only in designated areas away from the site of the summit.

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A Filipino informal settler boy frolics at a polluted coastline at a fishing village in Paranaque city, south of Manila, Philippines, on Friday

Volkswagen Wolfsburg...epa05010249 Construction work and a crane can be seen over the VW†logo on the administrative building of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg,†Germany, 04 November 2015. Hundreds of thousands of VW diesel cars - but also gas engines - might have used more gas and therefore emitted more CO2 than stated by the manufacturer. The company will accrue billions of euros worth of losses.  EPA/PETER STEFFEN

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A crane can be seen over the VW logo on the administrative building of the Volkswagen factory in Wolfsburg. Thousands of VW diesel cars and gas engines might have used more gas and emitted more CO2 than stated by the manufacturer 

Motorists ride on a road as thick haze from forest fires shroud the city in Palangkaraya, Central Borneo, Indonesia, Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. The haze has blanketed parts of western Indonesia for about two months and affected neighboring countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand

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Motorists ride on a road as thick haze from forest fires shroud the city in Palangkaraya, Central Borneo, Indonesia, Tuesday. The haze has blanketed parts of western Indonesia for about two months and affected neighboring countries like Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand

An Indian boy throws domestic garbage into the already polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi on October 23, 2015. Considered one of the holiest rivers in India, the Yamuna River has been dying a slow death from pollution for decades despite the investment of millions of dollars to preserve its ecosystem. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) which monitors the water quality of the Yamuna in Delhi, seventy percent of the pollution in the river is from untreated sewage while the remaining thirty percent is from industrial sources, agricultural run-off and domestic garbage

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An Indian boy throws domestic garbage into the already polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi on Friday. Considered one of the holiest rivers in India, the Yamuna River has been dying a slow death from pollution for decades despite the investment of millions of dollars to preserve its ecosystem

A man takes a nap on the back of his cart on a polluted day in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. Air quality readings in the city on Tuesday were at levels considered hazardous by international measuring standards.

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A man takes a nap on the back of his cart on a polluted day in Beijing today. Air quality readings in the city on Tuesday were at levels considered hazardous by international measuring standards.

Spectators wearing masks watch men's singles match between David Goffin of Belgium and Andreas Seppi of Italy, on a polluted day at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing...Spectators wearing masks watch men's singles match between David Goffin of Belgium and Andreas Seppi of Italy, on a polluted day at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China, October 5, 2015.

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Spectators wearing masks watch men’s singles match between David Goffin of Belgium and Andreas Seppi of Italy, on a polluted day at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing, China on Monday

A mother adjusts her daughter's mask as they head home from school in Kertapati district in Palembang, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The worsening haze across northern Indonesia, neighbouring Singapore and parts of Malaysia forced some schools to close and airlines to delay flights this week, while Indonesia ordered a crackdown on lighting fires to clear forested land.

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A mother adjusts her daughter’s mask as they head home from school in Kertapati district in Palembang, on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. The worsening haze across northern Indonesia, neighbouring Singapore and parts of Malaysia forced some schools to close and airlines to delay flights this week, while Indonesia ordered a crackdown on lighting fires to clear forested land.

Dead fresh water fish, known as "popocha", float in the Cajititlan lagoon in Jalisco State, Mexico. At least 25 tons of fish have turned up dead in the lagoon in western Mexico and authorities are investigating whether a wastewater treatment plant is to blame.

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Dead fresh water fish, known as “popocha”, float in the Cajititlan lagoon in Jalisco State, Mexico. At least 25 tons of fish have turned up dead in the lagoon in western Mexico and authorities are investigating whether a wastewater treatment plant is to blame.

OC Rules Out Viral Tests Of Water Venues Ahead Of Rio Olympics...NITEROI, BRAZIL - AUGUST 13:  Vinicius, who is homeless, poses with his cat Nega on his bed where he sleeps on an abandoned ship floating on the polluted Guanabara Bay, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sailing venue, on August 13, 2015 in Niteroi, Brazil. Following sicknesses to U.S. athletes during a recent rowing event and a study showing dangerous amounts of viral levels in all Rio Olympic water venues, the IOC has controversially ruled out the possibility of viral testing of the sewage-laden waters ahead of the Olympics. Abandoned vessels have been linked to various environmental hazards.  (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Vinicius, who is homeless, poses with his cat Nega on his bed where he sleeps on an abandoned ship floating on the polluted Guanabara Bay, the Rio 2016 Olympic Games sailing venue in Niteroi, Brazil. Following sicknesses to U.S. athletes during a recent rowing event and a study showing dangerous amounts of viral levels in all Rio Olympic water venues, the IOC has controversially ruled out the possibility of viral testing of the sewage-laden waters ahead of the Olympics. Abandoned vessels have been linked to various environmental hazards.

A girl sits on a makeshift styrofoam raft as she collects recyclable material from floating garbage in a polluted river at Navotas city, north of Manila

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A girl sits on a makeshift styrofoam raft as she collects recyclable material from floating garbage in a polluted river at Navotas city, north of Manila. 

A woman paddles in a makeshift boat as she collects recyclable trash from a polluted river in Navotas city Wednesday

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A woman paddles in a makeshift boat as she collects recyclable trash from a polluted river in Navotas city in the Philippines on Wednesday

Residential buildings are seen among fog in Qingdao...Residential buildings are seen among fog in Qingdao, Shandong province, March 27, 2015. China's property sales in the first two months of 2015 dropped by the most in three years amid a glut of housing supply, and real estate investment growth eased. REUTERS/Stringer TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA

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Fog covers residential buildings in Qingdao, China. China’s property sales in the first two months of 2015 dropped by the most in three years