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In this photo by Mark Schiefelbein, window washers use cables to lower themselves from a skyscraper while working on a polluted day in Beijing. Air quality readings in the city on Tuesday were at levels considered hazardous by international measuring standards.


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Image of Asia: At work in Beijing's polluted skies
A cyclist and vehicles drive past a steam emitted by a heating pipe underneath a street near a construction site shrouded by haze with air pollution in Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Northern China typically burns coal to heat homes in the winter, a practice believed to have fouled the air. Emissions from industrial plants and the increasing use of cars also are major causes of air pollution in China. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
FILE - In this, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015, file photo, workers walk past a billboard display showing a scene of the Central Business District, as capital city skylines are shrouded with pollutant haze in Beijing, China. 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, File)
A delivery man rides an electric bike past a steam emitted by a heating pipe underneath a street near a construction site shrouded by haze with air pollution in Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 9, 2015. Northern China typically burns coal to heat homes in the winter, a practice believed to have fouled the air. Emissions from industrial plants and the increasing use of cars also are major causes of air pollution in China. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A man on an electric cart carrying a load of Styrofoam drives past a construction site 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. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A worker tosses boards onto the back of a truck at a construction site 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. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Traffic drives along a roadway in the Beijing's central business district on a polluted day, with air quality readings at levels considered hazardous by international standards, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A man on an electric cart carrying a load of styrofoam drives past the China Central Television (CCTV) headquarters building on a polluted day, with air quality readings at levels considered hazardous by international standards, in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A lost helium balloon rises above a construction site 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. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A man wearing a mask to protect himself from pollutants runs past the office buildings shrouded with haze in Beijing Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Chinese capital city was hit by thick pollution although municipal transport authorities marked three car-free zones on Tuesday as capital city braced for World Car Free Day. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
A worker tosses boards on the back of a truck at a construction site on a polluted day, with air quality readings at levels considered hazardous by international standards, in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A man on an electric cart carrying a load of styrofoam drives past a construction site on a polluted day, with air quality readings at levels considered hazardous by international standards, in Beijing, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
A Chinese couple walk past a construction site at the Central Business District of Beijing on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
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