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While global leaders continue to drag their feet on addressing climate change, cities around the world are taking the lead. Many have taken impressive strides in setting carbon reduction plans, cleaning up polluted industries and generally making their cities clean and healthy places to live. Check out the list of the top cleanest cities around the world from Hassle:

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