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A general view of the pollution covered Beijing CBD on Feb. 25, 2014 in Beijing.
A general view of the pollution covered Beijing CBD on Feb. 25, 2014 in Beijing.Lintao Zhang—Getty Images
A general view of the pollution covered Beijing CBD on Feb. 25, 2014 in Beijing.
People look at an area of central Beijing blanketed in smog on Feb. 24, 2014.
Cars drive on the Three Ring Road amid the heavy haze in Beijing, Feb. 26, 2014.
CCTV Building is shrouded in heavy smog on Feb. 25, 2014, in Beijing.
A tourist wearing a face mask climbs Jingshan Hill beside the Forbidden City as heavy air pollution continues to shroud Beijing on Feb. 26, 2014.
A chimney of a heating plant is obscured by heavy haze as commuters walk through a bridge linking a subway station and a bus station on a severely polluted day in Beijing, Feb. 25, 2014.
Chinese tourists wearing face masks visit Tiananmen Square as heavy air pollution continues to shroud Beijing on Feb. 26, 2014.
Buildings are shrouded in heavy smog on Feb. 25, 2014, in Qingdao, Shandong Province.
Children walk back home after school on a severely polluted day in Shijiazhuang, in northern China's Hebei province, Feb. 26, 2014.
A woman tries to take photos on the river bank in the haze in southwest Chongqing Municipality, Feb. 23, 2014.
A farmer shovels in a field near electric pylons in heavy haze on a severely polluted day in Shijiazhuang, in northern China's Hebei province, Feb. 26, 2014.
A general view of the pollution covered Beijing CBD on Feb. 25, 2014 in Beijing.
Lintao Zhang—Getty Images
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China's Apocalyptic Hellscape

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