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<p>A local boy sits in a pile of algae as his friend runs on top of it at a beach in Qingdao, Shandong province July 6, 2008. China's resort city and venue for the Olympic sailing is on a war footing, with thousands of troops and common volunteers battling to clean the city's biggest ever algae bloom before the Games. REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

A local boy sits in a pile of algae as his friend runs on top of it at a beach in Qingdao, Shandong province July 6, 2008. China's resort city and venue for the Olympic sailing is on a war footing, with thousands of troops and common volunteers...more

A local boy sits in a pile of algae as his friend runs on top of it at a beach in Qingdao, Shandong province July 6, 2008. China's resort city and venue for the Olympic sailing is on a war footing, with thousands of troops and common volunteers battling to clean the city's biggest ever algae bloom before the Games. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A boy makes his way through stagnant rain water at a roadside in Dalkhola village, about 129 km (80 miles) south of the north-eastern Indian city of Siliguri July 17, 2007. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

A boy makes his way through stagnant rain water at a roadside in Dalkhola village, about 129 km (80 miles) south of the north-eastern Indian city of Siliguri July 17, 2007. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

A boy makes his way through stagnant rain water at a roadside in Dalkhola village, about 129 km (80 miles) south of the north-eastern Indian city of Siliguri July 17, 2007. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Chinese boys spin tops in front of a coal-powered electricity plant in Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia February 7, 2001. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang</p>

Chinese boys spin tops in front of a coal-powered electricity plant in Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia February 7, 2001. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

Chinese boys spin tops in front of a coal-powered electricity plant in Xilinhot, Inner Mongolia February 7, 2001. REUTERS/Hyungwon Kang

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<p>A boy jumps off a derelict boat in the former Aral Sea port of Aralsk June 18, 2008.    REUTERS/Aziz Mamirov </p>

A boy jumps off a derelict boat in the former Aral Sea port of Aralsk June 18, 2008. REUTERS/Aziz Mamirov

A boy jumps off a derelict boat in the former Aral Sea port of Aralsk June 18, 2008. REUTERS/Aziz Mamirov

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<p>Children living at a dump site play in a toy house they constructed out of debris in Tondo, Metro Manila May 3, 2007.  REUTERS/Darren Whiteside </p>

Children living at a dump site play in a toy house they constructed out of debris in Tondo, Metro Manila May 3, 2007. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Children living at a dump site play in a toy house they constructed out of debris in Tondo, Metro Manila May 3, 2007. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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<p>A boy plays at a garbage dump where hundreds of people stay and make a living out of recycling waste and making charcoal in Tondo, Manila December 28, 2007.  REUTERS/Darren Whiteside </p>

A boy plays at a garbage dump where hundreds of people stay and make a living out of recycling waste and making charcoal in Tondo, Manila December 28, 2007. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

A boy plays at a garbage dump where hundreds of people stay and make a living out of recycling waste and making charcoal in Tondo, Manila December 28, 2007. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

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<p>Girls play in a deserted boat on a dry lake caused by a lack of water upstream in Zhengzhou, Henan province February 12, 2009.   REUTERS/Nir Elias </p>

Girls play in a deserted boat on a dry lake caused by a lack of water upstream in Zhengzhou, Henan province February 12, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

Girls play in a deserted boat on a dry lake caused by a lack of water upstream in Zhengzhou, Henan province February 12, 2009. REUTERS/Nir Elias

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<p>A girl plays with plastic glasses in a garbage dump in a poor slum of Greater Buenos Aires, August 16, 2002.  REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian</p>

A girl plays with plastic glasses in a garbage dump in a poor slum of Greater Buenos Aires, August 16, 2002. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

A girl plays with plastic glasses in a garbage dump in a poor slum of Greater Buenos Aires, August 16, 2002. REUTERS/Enrique Marcarian

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<p>Children play in the fumes of a municipality fumigant sprayer in a slum area in the northeastern Indian city of Siliguri October 5, 2006.  REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri </p>

Children play in the fumes of a municipality fumigant sprayer in a slum area in the northeastern Indian city of Siliguri October 5, 2006. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

Children play in the fumes of a municipality fumigant sprayer in a slum area in the northeastern Indian city of Siliguri October 5, 2006. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri

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<p>Boys run at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Islamabad November 15, 2008.   REUTERS/Ahmad Masood </p>

Boys run at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Islamabad November 15, 2008. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

Boys run at a garbage dump on the outskirts of Islamabad November 15, 2008. REUTERS/Ahmad Masood

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<p>A boy walks on the dried-up riverbed of the Yangtze River in Wanzhou, southwestern China's Chongqing municipality, August 28, 2006.  REUTERS/Stringer </p>

A boy walks on the dried-up riverbed of the Yangtze River in Wanzhou, southwestern China's Chongqing municipality, August 28, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer

A boy walks on the dried-up riverbed of the Yangtze River in Wanzhou, southwestern China's Chongqing municipality, August 28, 2006. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>A child swims in the polluted waters of Cilincing beach in Jakarta May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta </p>

A child swims in the polluted waters of Cilincing beach in Jakarta May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta

A child swims in the polluted waters of Cilincing beach in Jakarta May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta

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<p>Axel Ojeda (R) and his brother Rodrigo play in a shantytown on the outskirts of Chaco's main city of Resistencia, some 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) north of Buenos Aires, in this picture taken September 26, 2007. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci </p>

Axel Ojeda (R) and his brother Rodrigo play in a shantytown on the outskirts of Chaco's main city of Resistencia, some 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) north of Buenos Aires, in this picture taken September 26, 2007. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

Axel Ojeda (R) and his brother Rodrigo play in a shantytown on the outskirts of Chaco's main city of Resistencia, some 650 miles (1,050 kilometers) north of Buenos Aires, in this picture taken September 26, 2007. REUTERS/Marcos Brindicci

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<p>Chilean boys run past the thousands of dead jumbo flying squid (Dosidicus Gigas in Latin) that washed up on the beaches of Santa Maria island after dying in a phenomenon rare to this region, some 580 kilometers south of Santiago, May 22, 2003.  REUTERS/Jose Luis Saavedra</p>

Chilean boys run past the thousands of dead jumbo flying squid (Dosidicus Gigas in Latin) that washed up on the beaches of Santa Maria island after dying in a phenomenon rare to this region, some 580 kilometers south of Santiago, May 22, 2003. ...more

Chilean boys run past the thousands of dead jumbo flying squid (Dosidicus Gigas in Latin) that washed up on the beaches of Santa Maria island after dying in a phenomenon rare to this region, some 580 kilometers south of Santiago, May 22, 2003. REUTERS/Jose Luis Saavedra

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<p>Boys play with the layers of foam from the polluted waters of a drain near river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad June 7, 2008. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash (INDIA)</p>

Boys play with the layers of foam from the polluted waters of a drain near river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad June 7, 2008. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash (INDIA)

Boys play with the layers of foam from the polluted waters of a drain near river Ganges in the northern Indian city of Allahabad June 7, 2008. REUTERS/Jitendra Prakash (INDIA)

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