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Pictures of the Year 2009

Environment
Environment
PORTUGAL/
RTR26J32
August 08, 2009
People sunbathe on a beach of Pinheiro da Cruz August 8, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (PORTUGAL SOCIETY TRAVEL)...
Grandola, Portugal
People sunbathe on a beach of Pinheiro da Cruz
People sunbathe on a beach of Pinheiro da Cruz August 8, 2009. REUTERS/Nacho Doce (PORTUGAL SOCIETY TRAVEL)
CHINA-ENVIRONMENT/
RTR24T8T
June 18, 2009
Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province, June 19, 2009. The country...
Hefei, China
Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province
Fishermen row a boat in the algae-filled Chaohu Lake in Hefei, Anhui province, June 19, 2009. The country has invested 51 billion yuan ($7.4 billion) towards the construction of 2,712 projects for the treatment of eight rivers and lakes including Huaihe River, Haihe River, Liaohe River, Chaohu Lake, Dianchi Lake, Songhua River, the Three Gorges region of the Yangtze River and its upstream area, Xinhua News Agency reported. REUTERS/Jianan Yu (CHINA ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE ALSO SEE: GM1E57T19EY01
USA/
RTR27CKN
September 02, 2009
Trees that burned during the Station Fire are silhouetted against the sun in the Tujunga area of Los...
TUJUNGA, UNITED STATES
Trees that burned during the Station Fire are silhouetted against the sun in the Tujunga area of Los...
Trees that burned during the Station Fire are silhouetted against the sun in the Tujunga area of Los Angeles, California September 1, 2009. The so-called Station Fire has charred 127,000 acres (51,000 hectares), an area nearly the size of Chicago, destroyed at least 62 homes, and is still capable of terrible destruction, fire commander Mike Dietrich said. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
EGYPT/
RTR26KDT
August 10, 2009
Visitors watch the sunrise from Mount Moses in the Sinai Peninsula August 10, 2009. According to the...
MOUNT MOSES, Egypt
Visitors watch the sunrise from Mount Moses in the Sinai Peninsula
Visitors watch the sunrise from Mount Moses in the Sinai Peninsula August 10, 2009. According to the Bible, this was where Moses received the ten commandments from God. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic (EGYPT SOCIETY RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE SEE GM1E58D1NO301
HAITI/
RTR2622K
July 26, 2009
A man collects plastic bottles to recycle from a beach filled with rubbish in Cap Haitien July 25, 2009....
PLAIN DU NORD, Haiti
A man collects plastic bottles to recycle from a beach filled with rubbish in Cap Haitien
A man collects plastic bottles to recycle from a beach filled with rubbish in Cap Haitien July 25, 2009. REUTERS/ Eduardo Munoz (HAITI SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)
CALIFORNIA-WILDFIRES/
RTR27BB0
September 01, 2009
An Evergreen 747 Supertanker makes a flame retardant drop in the Acton area in California August 31,...
Los Angeles, UNITED STATES
An Evergreen 747 Supertanker makes a drop in the Acton area in California
An Evergreen 747 Supertanker makes a flame retardant drop in the Acton area in California August 31, 2009. As of Monday evening, a total of 6,300 homes throughout the fire zone were under evacuation orders, authorities said. The so-called Station Fire more than doubled in size as it burned out of control for a sixth day, charring 105,000 acres (42,500 hectares), up from 42,000 acres (17,000 hectares) late on Sunday, and sending up towering palls of smoke that fouled the air for miles (km) around. The converted 747 is the largest tanker aircraft in use with a payload of more than 20,000 gallons. REUTERS/Gene Blevins (UNITED STATES DISASTER TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
GREECE-ENERGY/RENEWABLE
RTR267DD
July 30, 2009
A woman stands on her balcony situated next to chimney stacks in the city of Megalopolis, about 120 km...
None, Greece
To match feature GREECE-ENERGY/RENEWABLE
A woman stands on her balcony situated next to chimney stacks in the city of Megalopolis, about 120 km (75 miles) of Athens, May 15, 2009. The air in Greece's southern city of Megalopolis is heavy with dust and smoke spit by lignite plants, only about 100 metres from the nearest houses, but locals have blocked solar energy plans. Picture taken on May 15, 2009. To match feature GREECE-ENERGY/RENEWABLE/ REUTERS/John Kolesidis (GREECE ENVIRONMENT)
FRANCE/
RTR23BDZ
January 12, 2009
A tree covered in frost is pictured in the Alsacian countryside near Strasbourg as sub-freezing winter...
Strasbourg, France
A tree covered in frost is pictured in the Alsacian countryside near Strasbourg
A tree covered in frost is pictured in the Alsacian countryside near Strasbourg as sub-freezing winter temperatures hit the country January 12, 2009. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler (FRANCE)
POLAND
RTXEU1G
May 07, 2009
The chimneys of Belchatow Power Station near Belchatow, the Europe's largest thermal power plant emit...
BELCHATOW, Poland
The chimneys of Belchatow Power Station near Belchatow, the Europe's largest thermal power plant emit...
The chimneys of Belchatow Power Station near Belchatow, the Europe's largest thermal power plant emit fumes May 7, 2009. REUTERS/Peter Andrews (POLAND ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
BOLIVIA/
RTR27K49
September 07, 2009
A stone tree is seen at the Siloli desert in the Eduardo Avaroa natural reserve, in the south of Bolivia...
La Paz, Bolivia
A stone tree is seen at the Siloli desert in the Eduardo Avaroa natural reserve
A stone tree is seen at the Siloli desert in the Eduardo Avaroa natural reserve, in the south of Bolivia next to the border with Chile at 4440 meters (14,500 feet) above mean sea level, September 3, 2009. Picture taken September 3, 2009. REUTERS/David Mercado (BOLIVIA ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
ALBANIA WEATHER
RTR26XDK
August 20, 2009
An Albanian boy walks next to the shore of the beach in the city of Durres, some 40 km (25 miles) from...
Tirana, Albania
An Albanian boy walks next to the shore of the beach in the city of Durres
An Albanian boy walks next to the shore of the beach in the city of Durres, some 40 km (25 miles) from capital Tirana August 20, 2009. Albania has been gripped by hot weather, with temperatures reaching 38 degrees Celsius (100 degrees Fahrenheit). REUTERS/Arben Celi (ALBANIA ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SWITZERLAND/
RTR26UE6
August 18, 2009
People jump from the Quaibruecke bridge into Lake Zurich during sunny summer weather in Zurich August...
Zurich, Switzerland
People jump from the Quaibruecke bridge into Lake Zurich during sunny summer weather in Zurich
People jump from the Quaibruecke bridge into Lake Zurich during sunny summer weather in Zurich August 18, 2009. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann (SWITZERLAND ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
PERU
RTR2502R
June 25, 2009
A Uros woman plays soccer with children near their reed homes at a Uros island on Lake Titicaca June...
Puno, Peru
A Uros woman plays soccer with children near their reed homes at a Uros island on Lake Titicaca
A Uros woman plays soccer with children near their reed homes at a Uros island on Lake Titicaca June 24, 2009. The Uros islands are a group of 70 man-made totora reed islands floating on the lake, the world's highest navigable lake at over 4,000 meters above sea level. Lake Titicaca, on the border of Peru and Bolivia, is the top on the second phase of an online public poll for the globe's "New 7 Wonders of Nature" campaign. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo (PERU ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT SOCCER IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/
RTXERC7
May 05, 2009
Residents stand at a house located on a street flooded by Tocantins river in Maraba, north of Brazil...
Maraba, Brazil
Residents stand at house located on street flooded by Tocantins river in Maraba
Residents stand at a house located on a street flooded by Tocantins river in Maraba, north of Brazil May 5, 2009. Brazilian Civil Defense officials have confirmed the deaths of 15 people and more than 70,000 residents in the region are affected by rivers that have reached as high as 12 meters above normal river levels in the current rainy season. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
BRITAIN/
RTXEPXE
May 04, 2009
A steam engine runs through a cutting of bluebells between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell...
London, United Kingdom
A steam engine runs through a cutting of bluebells between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell...
A steam engine runs through a cutting of bluebells between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes on the Bluebell Railway near Haywards Heath, in southern England May 4, 2009. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor (BRITAIN)
GREENLAND/
RTR26EV1
August 05, 2009
Icebergs float in the calm waters of a fjord, south of Tasiilaq in eastern Greenland August 4, 2009....
TASIILAQ, Greenland
Icebergs float in the calm waters of a fjord, south of Tasiilaq in eastern Greenland
Icebergs float in the calm waters of a fjord, south of Tasiilaq in eastern Greenland August 4, 2009. REUTERS/Bob Strong (GREENLAND ENVIRONMENT)
IRAQ/
RTR266OT
July 29, 2009
Kahramana square is seen during a sandstorm in Baghdad July 29, 2009. REUTERS/Saad Shalash (IRAQ CONFLICT...
Baghdad, Iraq
Kahramana square is seen during a sandstorm in Baghdad
Kahramana square is seen during a sandstorm in Baghdad July 29, 2009. REUTERS/Saad Shalash (IRAQ CONFLICT ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ECLIPSE ASIA/
RTR25WTW
July 22, 2009
People use solar viewers to view a partial solar eclipse at the national parliament complex in Dhaka...
Dhaka, Bangladesh
People use solar viewers to view a partial solar eclipse at the national parliament complex in Dhaka
People use solar viewers to view a partial solar eclipse at the national parliament complex in Dhaka July 22, 2009. A total solar eclipse on Wednesday swept across a narrow swathe of Asia, where hundreds of millions of people watched the skies darken, though in some places thick summer clouds blocked the sun. REUTERS/Andrew Biraj (BANGLADESH)
DUTCH-WEATHER/
RTR237YI
January 09, 2009
A man wearing wooden shoes stands before an ice-sailing boat on the frozen Gouwzee in Monickendam, the...
MONICKENDAM, Netherlands
Man wearing wooden shoes stands before ice-sailing boat on frozen Gouwzee in Monickendam
A man wearing wooden shoes stands before an ice-sailing boat on the frozen Gouwzee in Monickendam, the Netherlands January 9, 2009. The frozen lakes and canals in the Netherlands are causing a skating frenzy throughout the country. REUTERS/Michael Kooren (NETHERLANDS)
PAKISTAN-VIOLENCE/
RTR248KU
June 03, 2009
An internally displaced girl, fleeing military operations in the Swat valley region, raises her arms...
Swabi, Pakistan
An internally displaced girl raises her arms to feel a dust storm at the UNHCR Yar Hussain camp in Swabi...
An internally displaced girl, fleeing military operations in the Swat valley region, raises her arms to feel a dust storm at the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) Yar Hussain camp in Swabi district, about 120 km (75 miles) northwest of Pakistan's capital Islamabad on June 3, 2009. Pakistani authorities are preparing for the return of residents to Swat's main town but decisive victory will only be won when Taliban leaders are dead, an army commander said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood (PAKISTAN CONFLICT POLITICS SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
DUBAI/
RTR25W2J
July 21, 2009
Camels seek shade from the sun underneath a pylon near Fossil Rock July 21, 2009. According to a recent...
FOSSIL ROCK, United Arab Emirates
Camels seek shade from the sun underneath a pylon near Fossil Rock
Camels seek shade from the sun underneath a pylon near Fossil Rock July 21, 2009. According to a recent report by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), the demand for electricity in Dubai is expected to grow by 10 percent in 2009, despite the global economic slowdown. REUTERS/Steve Crisp (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES ENERGY ENVIRONMENT POLITICS BUSINESS IMAGES OF THE DAY)
KENYA-ENERGY/
RTR25RLA
July 17, 2009
A Masaai herdsman looks after his cattle near the power-generating wind turbines at the Kenya Electricity...
Ngong, Kenya
To match INTERVIEW KENYA-ENERGY/
A Masaai herdsman looks after his cattle near the power-generating wind turbines at the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) station in Ngong hills, 22 km (13.7 miles) southwest of Kenya's capital Nairobi, July 17, 2009. Kenya plans to add 2,000 megawatts of more environmentally-friendly energy by 2013 by investing $7-$8 billion, a KenGen official said on Friday. KenGen is setting up some wind turbines and a private company is planning a 300 MW wind farm in Kenya's northeastern region by 2012. To match INTERVIEW KENYA-ENERGY/ REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya (KENYA ENVIRONMENT ENERGY BUSINESS)
SWITZERLAND/
RTR25KSZ
July 11, 2009
Steam rises from the cooling tower of Goesgen nuclear power plant, west of Zurich July 11, 2009. REUTERS/Christian...
GOESGEN, Switzerland
Steam rises from the cooling tower of Goesgen nuclear power plant, west of Zurich
Steam rises from the cooling tower of Goesgen nuclear power plant, west of Zurich July 11, 2009. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann (SWITZERLAND BUSINESS ENERGY ENVIRONMENT)
PAKISTAN-DISPLACED/
RTR259AY
July 02, 2009
An internally displaced man, who fled a military offensive in the Swat valley region, sits outside his...
Peshawar, Pakistan
Internally displaced men, who fled a military offensive in the Swat valley region, line-up to collect...
An internally displaced man, who fled a military offensive in the Swat valley region, sits outside his family tent during a dust storm at the UNHCR (United Nations High Commission for Refugees) Jalozai camp, about 140 km (87 miles) north west of Pakistan's capital Islamabad July 2, 2009. The looming arrival of monsoon rains in Pakistan threatens to bring more misery to the nearly 2 million people displaced by the government's battle with militants in the northwest, U.N. officials said on Thursday.
REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro (PAKISTAN CONFLICT POLITICS SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY ENVIRONMENT)
GERMANY/
RTR24Z9V
June 24, 2009
A rainbow is seen over Prenzlauer Berg district in Berlin on June 22, 2009. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski...
Berlin, Germany
A rainbow is seen over Prenzlauer Berg district in Berlin
A rainbow is seen over Prenzlauer Berg district in Berlin on June 22, 2009. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski (GERMANY ENVIRONMENT)
AUSTRALIA-CARBON/
RTR24WOS
June 22, 2009
A chimney in an industrial area of Sydney emits vapour June 22, 2009. Australia's government, facing...
Sydney, Australia
Chimney in an industrial area of Sydney emits vapour
A chimney in an industrial area of Sydney emits vapour June 22, 2009. Australia's government, facing Senate defeat of key emission trading laws, vowed on Friday to bring its climate-fighting regime to the upper house a second time, opening the door for a possible snap election. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne (AUSTRALIA ENERGY POLITICS ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
ETHIOPIA
RTR24OSS
June 15, 2009
A boy drinks water from a pond in Bule Duba village in the outskirts of Moyale, near the edge of Oroma...
BULE DUBA, Ethiopia
A boy drinks water from a pond in Bule Duba village in the outskirts of Moyale, near the edge of Oroma...
A boy drinks water from a pond in Bule Duba village in the outskirts of Moyale, near the edge of Oroma and Somali regions of Ethiopia, June 12, 2009. Prolonged drought, lack of water and limited pasture have led to conflict between the Somali and Borena ethnic groups in southern Ethiopia which left hundreds of people dead in February this year. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) says it needs some 100 million Swiss francs to prevent conflict, famine and epidemics as well as restore the livelihoods of 2.5 million people in the Horn of Africa. Picture taken June 12, 2009. REUTERS/Irada Humbatova (ETHIOPIA SOCIETY CONFLICT HEALTH IMAGES OF THE DAY) BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE
USA/
RTR24C2I
June 05, 2009
Cindy and Donald Eugene pray at the beach under heavy rain in Miami Beach, Florida June 5, 2009. Hurricane...
Miami, UNITED STATES
Cindy and Donald Eugene pray at the beach under heavy rain in Miami Beach
Cindy and Donald Eugene pray at the beach under heavy rain in Miami Beach, Florida June 5, 2009. Hurricane season started on June 2 with fewer storms predicted for 2009 than the previous year. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENT)
INDIA
RTR248DI
June 03, 2009
A scavenger, surrounded by a flock of Greater Adjutant birds, collects plastic for recycling at a dump...
Guwahati, India
A scavenger collects plastic for recycling at a dump site in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati...
A scavenger, surrounded by a flock of Greater Adjutant birds, collects plastic for recycling at a dump site in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati June 3, 2009. REUTERS/Utpal Baruah (INDIA ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY EMPLOYMENT BUSINESS) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GM1E63C1M5K01
AUSTRALIA-FIRES/
RTXBCWG
February 08, 2009
A vehicle is seen near the remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Kinglake,...
Melbourne, Australia
A vehicle is seen near the remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Wandong
A vehicle is seen near the remains of a house destroyed by bushfires is seen in the town of Kinglake, 55km (34 miles) northeast of Melbourne February 8, 2009. Australian bushfires have killed 76 people and burnt hundreds of homes in the worst fire disaster in three decades, as a heatwave and strong winds sent sheets of flame racing through towns and farmland near Melbourne. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas (AUSTRALIA) FOR BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE SEE GF2E57H077801
FAROE ISLANDS/
RTXOVOE
May 28, 2009
People watch as local residents catch whales to slaughter them in a bay near the town of Hvalvik, May...
HVALVIK, Faroe Islands
People watch as local residents catch whales to slaughter them in a bay near the town of Hvalvik
People watch as local residents catch whales to slaughter them in a bay near the town of Hvalvik, May 23, 2009. More than 180 pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) were killed in the small town of Hvalvik during the traditional whale killing In Faroe Islands. Residents of the Faroe Islands, an autonomous province of Denmark, slaughter and eat pilot whales every year. The Faroese are descendents of Vikings, and pilot whales have been a central part of their diet for more than 1,000 years. They crowd the animals into a bay and kill them. The Faroese aren?t involved in commercial whaling, they don't sell the meat, instead it is divided evenly to the local community. Picture taken May 23, 2009. REUTERS/Andrija Ilic (FAROE ISLANDS ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)
CROATIA /
RTXN9A7
May 25, 2009
A heavy rainstorm hits a parking lot at a motorway connecting the Croatian capital with the Adriatic...
Zagreb, Croatia
A heavy rainstorm hits a parking lot at a motorway connecting Croatian capital with the Adriatic coast...
A heavy rainstorm hits a parking lot at a motorway connecting the Croatian capital with the Adriatic coast, near the village of Vukova Gorica, some 60km (37 miles) south of Zagreb on the night of May 24, 2009. Picture taken with wide angle lens on a slow shutter speed. REUTERS/Nikola Solic (CROATIA ENVIRONMENT IMAGES OF THE DAY)
SAFRICA/
RTXICTY
May 17, 2009
Cape Town residents watch as a plume of sea spray blows out of a stormwater drain on the city's Sea Point...
Cape Town, South Africa
Cape Town residents watch as a plume of sea spray blows out of a stormwater drain on the city's Sea Point...
Cape Town residents watch as a plume of sea spray blows out of a stormwater drain on the city's Sea Point beachfront May 17, 2009. The geyser like effect was created by large wave pushing the spray up the pipe, as the city experienced the first of the winter storms. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings (SOUTH AFRICA ENVIRONMENT)
CHINA/
RTXGI37
May 14, 2009
A time exposure shows the Lower Yubeng village, within the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northern...
YUBENG, China
A time exposure shows the Lower Yubeng village, within the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northern...
A time exposure shows the Lower Yubeng village, within the Diqing Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in northern Yunnan province late May 12, 2009. The village is located at the foot of the 6,054 m (19,862 feet) Mount Miancimu (C) , also known as Shennu in Mandarin, part of the Meili Snow Mountain range. The Meili snow mountain is considered sacred to Tibetans. Picture taken May 12, 2009. REUTERS/Tim Chong (CHINA ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL IMAGES OF THE DAY)
INDONESIA
RTXG6C1
May 13, 2009
Children wade through the polluted waters of Cilincing beach in Jakarta May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta...
Jakarta, Indonesia
Children wade through the polluted waters of Cilincing beach in Jakarta
Children wade through the polluted waters of Cilincing beach in Jakarta May 13, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA SOCIETY ENVIRONMENT)
INDIA/
RTXEU4D
May 07, 2009
A passenger aircraft is silhouetted against the rising moon in New Delhi May 7, 2009. Carbon trading...
New Delhi, India
A passenger aircraft is silhouetted against the rising moon in New Delhi
A passenger aircraft is silhouetted against the rising moon in New Delhi May 7, 2009. Carbon trading and increased regulation could hinder efforts to reduce airplane greenhouse gas emissions through innovation and increased use of biofuels, airline industry leaders said on Wednesday. REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA TRANSPORT ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY BUSINESS)
BRAZIL-ENVIRONMENT/
RTXEV7K
May 07, 2009
Tombs are partly submerged during a flood in the city of Esperantina, in the northeastern Brazilian state...
ESPERANTINA, Brazil
Tombs are partly submerged during flood in Piaui
Tombs are partly submerged during a flood in the city of Esperantina, in the northeastern Brazilian state of Piaui May 7, 2009. According to Brazilian Civil Defense, floods and mudslides from months of heavy rains in northern Brazil have driven more than 214,000 from their homes and killed at least 33 people. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker (BRAZIL ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)
INDONESIA
RTXE6CF
April 20, 2009
Elang, an Indonesian student, swims in polluted waters after school, at Pluit dam in Jakarta April 20,...
Jakarta, Indonesia
Elang, an Indonesian student, swims in polluted waters after school, at Pluit dam in Jakarta
Elang, an Indonesian student, swims in polluted waters after school, at Pluit dam in Jakarta April 20, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA ENVIRONMENT)
USA/
RTXE4PZ
April 19, 2009
The South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge appears above the evening fog as the suns sets on the Marin...
San Francisco, UNITED STATES
South Tower of Golden Gate Bridge emerges from fog from Marin Headlands
The South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge appears above the evening fog as the suns sets on the Marin Headlands in Sausalito, California April 18, 2009. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith (UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
BRITAIN/
RTXDSJG
April 08, 2009
A bird is silhouetted against the moon as it roosts on a television antenna in Ibstock, central England...
IBSTOCK, United Kingdom
A bird is silhouetted against the moon as it roosts on a television aerial in Ibstock
A bird is silhouetted against the moon as it roosts on a television antenna in Ibstock, central England April 8, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRITAIN ENVIRONMENT ANIMALS SOCIETY IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)
USA/
RTXDRG9
April 08, 2009
A worker picks Ranunculi flowers at a commercial flower growing field in Carlsbad, California April 7,...
Carlsbad, UNITED STATES
A worker picks Ranunculi flowers at a commercial flower growing field in Carlsbad
A worker picks Ranunculi flowers at a commercial flower growing field in Carlsbad, California April 7, 2009.
REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)
INDIA
RTXDS5K
April 08, 2009
A woman runs to take shelter from rain in front of the India Gate in New Delhi April 8, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan...
New Delhi, India
A woman runs to take shelter from rain in front of the India Gate in New Delhi
A woman runs to take shelter from rain in front of the India Gate in New Delhi April 8, 2009. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi (INDIA ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
AUSTRALIA/
RTXCZW3
March 20, 2009
North, a Little Penguin, looks back as it is pushed into the sea by veterinarian Amy Twentyman of the...
Sydney, Australia
North, a Little Penguin, looks back as it is pushed into the sea by veterinarian Amy Twentyman of the...
North, a Little Penguin, looks back as it is pushed into the sea by veterinarian Amy Twentyman of the Taronga Zoo at North Curl Curl beach in Sydney March 20, 2009. The zoo released back into the ocean two adult Little Penguins after they had rested and been cared for at Taronga's Wildlife hospital. REUTERS/Daniel Munoz (AUSTRALIA ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE)
DEADSEA-WONDER
RTXCYSY
March 19, 2009
Beach umbrellas are seen on the shore of the Dead Sea in Ein Gedi February 22, 2009. Warnings continue...
Ein Gedi, Israel
Beach umbrellas are seen on the shore of the Dead Sea in Ein Gedi
Beach umbrellas are seen on the shore of the Dead Sea in Ein Gedi February 22, 2009. Warnings continue that the Dead Sea is slowly but surely drying up, and could be gone completely in 50 years if no action is taken.The water level is dropping at close to one metre (three feet) per year due to a sharp decrease in inflow from the Jordan and other rivers whose waters now irrigate fields. Picture taken February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Yannis Behrakis (ISRAEL ENVIRONMENT TRAVEL)
BRITAIN/
RTXCYMT
March 19, 2009
Campaigners throw flowers onto a mock grave during a climate change day of action in Coventry, central...
Coventry, United Kingdom
Campaigners throw flowers onto a mock grave during a climate change day of action in Coventry, central...
Campaigners throw flowers onto a mock grave during a climate change day of action in Coventry, central England March 19, 2009. REUTERS/Darren Staples (BRITAIN ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY)
RUSSIA-ECONOMY/
RTXCTEW
March 15, 2009
Smoke billows from the chimney of the Karabashmed copper plant in the Ural town of Karabash March 15,...
Karabash, Russia
Smoke billows from the chimney of the Karabashmed copper plant in Karabash
Smoke billows from the chimney of the Karabashmed copper plant in the Ural town of Karabash March 15, 2009. REUTERS/Thomas Peter (RUSSIA ENVIRONMENT ENERGY IMAGE OF THE DAY TOP PICTURE BUSINESS)
WATER/AGRICULTURE
RTXCPQE
March 13, 2009
Avocado trees that have been stumped are seen on a hillside in Fallbrook, California March 3, 2009. California...
Fallbrook, UNITED STATES
To match feature WATER/AGRICULTURE
Avocado trees that have been stumped are seen on a hillside in Fallbrook, California March 3, 2009. California is the United States' top farming state, but its future is clouded by water shortages, forecast to worsen with climate change. Picture taken March 3, 2009. To match feature WATER/AGRICULTURE REUTERS/ Mike Blake (UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENT ENERGY)
BRITAIN/
RTXCHG5
March 07, 2009
Seagulls fly over the Palace Pier in Brighton, southern England March 7, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth...
London, United Kingdom
Seagulls fly over the Palace Pier in Brighton
Seagulls fly over the Palace Pier in Brighton, southern England March 7, 2009. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth (BRITAIN ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT)
CHINA-SNOW/
RTXBQA1
February 17, 2009
Snow falls over the Wumen Gate of the Forbidden City at night in Beijing February 17, 2009. China took...
Beijing, China
Snow falls over the Wumen Gate of the Forbidden City at night in Beijing
Snow falls over the Wumen Gate of the Forbidden City at night in Beijing February 17, 2009. China took credit on Tuesday for the first snowfall of the winter in Beijing, saying it fired sticks of chemicals into the sky to seed clouds in a bid to end a persistent drought. REUTERS/Jason Lee (CHINA)
CHINA/
RTXBJAB
February 12, 2009
Girls play in a deserted boat on a dry lake caused by a lack of water upstream in Zhengzhou, Henan province...
Zhengzhou, China
Girls play in deserted boat on dry lake caused by lack of water upstream in Zhengzhou, Henan province...
Girls play in a deserted boat on a dry lake caused by a lack of water upstream in Zhengzhou, Henan province February 12, 2009. Dry weather will continue in China's major wheat producing regions, but reservoirs have enough water to meet demand in the peak period and timely irrigation could reduce the damage, a senior drought relief official said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Nir Elias (CHINA) For best quality see GM1E57U1F8901
FRANCE-STORM/
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February 10, 2009
Waves hit the sea wall in Wimereux, northern France February 10, 2009. A storm rushing in from the Atlantic...
WIMEREUX, France
Waves hit the sea wall in Wimereux, northern France
Waves hit the sea wall in Wimereux, northern France February 10, 2009. A storm rushing in from the Atlantic lashed the west coast of France on Tuesday as high winds and tides brought the risk of coastal flooding. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol (FRANCE)
MACEDONIA
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February 05, 2009
A man looks for fish at Dojran Lake, 170 km (106 miles) south of the Macedonian capital Skopje, February...
DOJRAN, Macedonia
A man looks for fish at Dojran Lake
A man looks for fish at Dojran Lake, 170 km (106 miles) south of the Macedonian capital Skopje, February 5, 2009. The lake survived an ecological disaster after a drought and excessive use of its water, which caused its level to fall nearly 10 meters (33 ft.) and brought into question the survival of its flora and fauna, according to local media. Government measures in 2002, when two rivers were re-directed to the lake, have somewhat restored the life in the lake and brought tourists back to the once most popular holiday destination. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski (MACEDONIA)
USA/
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January 14, 2009
A boy runs down a sand dune while playing after the sun sets at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California...
Encinitas, UNITED STATES
A boy runs down a sand dune while playing after the sun sets at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas
A boy runs down a sand dune while playing after the sun sets at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, California January 13, 2009.
REUTERS/Mike Blake (UNITED STATES)
RUSSIA
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January 05, 2009
A woman carries balloons during snowfall in the southern Russian city of Stavropol January 5, 2009. ...
Stavropol, Russia
Woman carries balloons during snowfall in Stavropol
A woman carries balloons during snowfall in the southern Russian city of Stavropol January 5, 2009. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko (RUSSIA)
CHINA/
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April 15, 2009
A woman talks on a mobile phone during a heavy sand storm in Zhengzhou, Henan province April 14, 2009....
Zhengzhou, China
A woman talks on a mobile phone during a sand storm in Zhengzhou
A woman talks on a mobile phone during a heavy sand storm in Zhengzhou, Henan province April 14, 2009. REUTERS/Donald Chan (CHINA ENVIRONMENT)
USA/
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July 22, 2009
Lightning strikes near a ridge as a storm passes though Death Valley National Park in California just...
Death Valley, UNITED STATES
Lightning strikes near a ridge as a storm passes though Death Valley National Park in California
Lightning strikes near a ridge as a storm passes though Death Valley National Park in California just after sunset July 21, 2009. REUTERS/Steve Marcus (UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENT)
SWITZERLAND/
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July 17, 2009
Lightning illuminates the sky during a thunderstorm over the Swiss Federal Palace in Bern July 17, 2009....
Bern, Switzerland
Lightning illuminates the sky during a thunderstorm over the Swiss Federal Palace in Bern
Lightning illuminates the sky during a thunderstorm over the Swiss Federal Palace in Bern July 17, 2009. REUTERS/Michael Buholzer (SWITZERLAND ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY) FOR BEST QUALITY IMAGE: ALSO SEE GF2E5830TG501
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August 03, 2009
An iceberg floats near a harbour in the town of Kulusuk, east Greenland August 1, 2009. Picture taken...
KULUSUK, Greenland
An iceberg floats near a harbour in the town of Kulusuk, east Greenland
An iceberg floats near a harbour in the town of Kulusuk, east Greenland August 1, 2009. Picture taken August 1. REUTERS/Bob Strong (GREENLAND TRAVEL ENVIRONMENT)
INDONESIA/
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June 05, 2009
A boy jumps into a polluted river after school at Pluit dam in Jakarta June 5, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta...
Jakarta, Indonesia
A boy jumps into a polluted river after school at Pluit dam in Jakarta
A boy jumps into a polluted river after school at Pluit dam in Jakarta June 5, 2009. REUTERS/Beawiharta (INDONESIA ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY IMAGES OF THE DAY)
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April 23, 2009
A garbage collector carries a sack as he walks atop a massive pile of garbage at the Bloemendhal dump...
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Garbage collector walks atop massive pile of garbage at Bloemendhal dump in central Colombo
A garbage collector carries a sack as he walks atop a massive pile of garbage at the Bloemendhal dump in central Colombo April 23, 2009. The Sri Lankan Supreme Court recently ordered a suspension to dumping garbage on the landfill due to protests by local residents concerned about health issues. This has resulted in municipal authorities now failing to collect garbage for weeks creating an even bigger health problem for all residents in the Sri Lankan capital, with piles of garbage piling up and rotting along roadsides. REUTERS/David Gray (SRI LANKA ENVIRONMENT HEALTH)
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