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Pollution has driven some families to leave Beijing. A group of Chinese lawyers is suing the governments of Beijing and its surrounding areas for not doing enough to get rid of the smog. Andy Wong/AP hide caption

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For Some In China's Middle Class, Pollution Is Spurring Action

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Smog blankets scyscrapers in Mexico City on March 17. The city is suffering its worst pollution in more than a decade, and cars are required to stay off the street one day a week. Rebecca Blackwell/AP hide caption

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In Mexico City, The Return Of Terrible Smog

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A woman wears a face mask on a hazy January day in downtown Shanghai. China has ordered a popular anti-pollution film removed from major online outlets. In Xi'an, two people who had protested against smog were reportedly detained. ALY SONG/Reuters /Landov hide caption

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Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies at an oversight hearing of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on July 23. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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