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FILE - In this Wednesday, April 21, 2021 file photo, smoke and steam rise from towers at the coal-fired Urumqi Thermal Power Plant in Urumqi in western China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. A report released on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021 by Climate Action Tracker says only one nation, tiny The Gambia in Africa, has plans in line with limiting warming to the agreed upon goal set by the 2015 Paris agreement. Top carbon emitting nation China and third highest carbon polluting nation India are what the report calls “highly insufficient” or more in line with 4 degrees Celsius (7.2 degrees Fahrenheit) of warming since pre-industrial times. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

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FILE - In this June 10, 2021 file photo, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on President Joe Biden's budget request, on Capitol Hill in Washington. Biden administration health officials Monday announced a new office that will prod hospitals to cut carbon emissions, and provide greener, more environmentally friendly medical care.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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For successive days this week, Colorado ranked among the worst cities in the world for air quality, and statewide alerts warning of the dangerous haze have become a constant part of summer life here.