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The Hindu festival of lights is a joyous occasion that features fireworks, but the morning after seems to have given Mother Nature a hangover with seasonal thick smog this Friday in New Delhi. The smog is a reminder that as an energy crisis grips the planet, India is revving up its coal-fired power plants. However, it's not just India. Beijing is also choking with smog. Its leader Xi Jinping is among the noticeable no-shows at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

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