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Chinese media urges action on air pollution

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Students do body exercise during class break in a classroom building on a foggy day in Jinan, Shandong province, January 14, 2013. Heavy fog enveloped a large swathe of east and central China, with the city's residents being advised to stay indoors to avoid the heavily polluted air, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/China Daily

Students do body exercise during class break in a classroom building on a foggy day in Jinan, Shandong province, January 14, 2013. Heavy fog enveloped a large swathe of east and central China, with the city's residents being advised to stay indoors to avoid the heavily polluted air, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/China Daily
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Workers walk at a construction site in the heavy haze in Beijing's central business district, January 14, 2013. In an unusual display of unity in criticising a troubling domestic social problem, Chinese media are giving prominent coverage to the historically high level of air pollution that has choked wide swaths of the country for the past few days. Air quality in Beijing was far above hazardous levels over the weekend, reaching...more

Workers walk at a construction site in the heavy haze in Beijing's central business district, January 14, 2013. In an unusual display of unity in criticising a troubling domestic social problem, Chinese media are giving prominent coverage to the historically high level of air pollution that has choked wide swaths of the country for the past few days. Air quality in Beijing was far above hazardous levels over the weekend, reaching 755 or higher, according to an index known as PM2.5. The World Health Organisation recommends a daily level of no more than 20 for PM2.5, which measures particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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An employee uses his mobile phone in an office building in the heavy haze in Beijing's central business district, January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

An employee uses his mobile phone in an office building in the heavy haze in Beijing's central business district, January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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A combination photograph of Beijing's skyline taken August 29, 2010 (top) and January 14, 2013 (bottom) on a heavy hazy day, in Beijing's central business district. REUTERS/Jason Lee

A combination photograph of Beijing's skyline taken August 29, 2010 (top) and January 14, 2013 (bottom) on a heavy hazy day, in Beijing's central business district. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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Buildings are seen in heavy haze in Beijing's central business district, January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee

Buildings are seen in heavy haze in Beijing's central business district, January 14, 2013. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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The China Central Television (CCTV) building is seen next to a construction site in heavy haze in Beijing's central business district, January 14, 2013. In an unusual display of unity in criticising a troubling domestic social problem, Chinese media are giving prominent coverage to the historically high level of air pollution that has choked wide swaths of the country for the past few days. Air quality in Beijing was far above...more

The China Central Television (CCTV) building is seen next to a construction site in heavy haze in Beijing's central business district, January 14, 2013. In an unusual display of unity in criticising a troubling domestic social problem, Chinese media are giving prominent coverage to the historically high level of air pollution that has choked wide swaths of the country for the past few days. Air quality in Beijing was far above hazardous levels over the weekend, reaching 755 or higher, according to an index known as PM2.5. The World Health Organisation recommends a daily level of no more than 20 for PM2.5, which measures particulate matter with a diameter of 2.5 micrometers. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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A teacher leads her students doing body exercise during class break in a classroom on a foggy day in Jinan, Shandong province, January 14, 2013. Heavy fog enveloped a large swathe of east and central China, with the city's residents being advised to stay indoors to avoid the heavily polluted air, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/China Daily

A teacher leads her students doing body exercise during class break in a classroom on a foggy day in Jinan, Shandong province, January 14, 2013. Heavy fog enveloped a large swathe of east and central China, with the city's residents being advised to stay indoors to avoid the heavily polluted air, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/China Daily
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A labourer works atop a building in Hefei in a haze day, Anhui province, January 14, 2013. Chinese media said on Monday the government had to take urgent action to tackle air pollution, which has blanketed parts of the country at dangerous levels in recent days, and one newspaper called for a re-think of a "fixation" on economic growth. REUTERS/Stringer

A labourer works atop a building in Hefei in a haze day, Anhui province, January 14, 2013. Chinese media said on Monday the government had to take urgent action to tackle air pollution, which has blanketed parts of the country at dangerous levels in recent days, and one newspaper called for a re-think of a "fixation" on economic growth. REUTERS/Stringer
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