More than 23 cities are affected by heavy pollution, stretching over an area the size of Spain. AFP PHOTO / GREG BAKER
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The capitals of the world's two most populous nations, China and India, were blanketed in hazardous, choking smog Monday as climate change talks began in Paris, where leaders of both countries are among the participants.In New Delhi, the U.S. embassy's monitoring station recorded an air quality index of 372, which puts air pollution levels well into "hazardous" territory.Air quality in the city of 16 million is usually bad in winter, when coal fires are lit by the poor to ward off the cold. In Beijing, a city of 22.5 million, the air quality index in some parts of the city soared to 500, its highest possible level.
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