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Can Skyscraper-Sized Air Purifiers Suck Away China's Pollution?

This 60-meter-high (197 feet) smog-sucking chimney in the northern city of Xi'an cost $2 million to build and around $30,000 in annual running costs. Photo: VCG
This 60-meter-high (197 feet) smog-sucking chimney in the northern city of Xi'an cost $2 million to build and around $30,000 in annual running costs. Photo: VCG

Earlier this week, as Beijing was enveloped by one of its worst bouts of smog in recent months, China’s internet was again abuzz with questions on what policymakers were doing to ease the problem.

Meanwhile, delegates attending the country’s top annual political meetings — of the top legislature and the top political advisory body — were hammering out new proposals and ideas on how China should fine-tune its strategy to curb pollution.

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