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Old 09-03-2010, 01:10 PM   #3 (permalink)

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Claiming the crown for the world's most air-polluted city is Linfen, China. Located in the Shanxi province, Linfen sits in the heart of China's coal belt. The hills in the surrounding area are lined with mines, injecting burning coal, soot and toxic ash into the blue-black hazy air.

According to a Time article, hanging laundry in the city turns black before it dries completely. Dubbed "Hell on Earth" by a British journalist, spending a day in the city is equivalent to smoking three packs of cigarettes.
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