Environment

A Los Angeles City Fire helicopter drops water on a wildfire in Santa Clarita, Calif. About 1,000 people have been evacuated from homes as a 100-acre wildfire burns through brushy canyonlands north of Los Angeles

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A Los Angeles City Fire helicopter drops water on a hillside fire in Santa Clarita, Calif. About 1,000 people have been evacuated from homes as a 100-acre wildfire burns through brushy canyonlands north of Los Angeles.

Members of the glaciology unit of Peru's national water authority walk on the Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz, Peru, Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014. The glaciology unit is studying the measurement of ice thickness. According to Alejo Cochachin, coordinator of the glaciology unit, the Pastoruri glacier retreated 576 meters between 1980 and 2014. Peru's glaciers have lost more one-fifth of their mass in just three decades, and the 70 percent Peruís 30 million people who inhabit the countryís Pacific coastal desert, depend on glacial runoff for hydropower and to irrigate crops, meaning their electricity and long-term food security could also be in peril. Higher alpine temperatures are killing off plant and animal species in cloud forests and scientists predict Pacific fisheries will suffer. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

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Members of the glaciology unit of Peru’s national water authority walk on the Pastoruri glacier in Huaraz, Peru. The glaciology unit is measuring ice thickness and according to Alejo Cochachin at the unit, the Pastoruri glacier retreated 576 metres between 1980 and 2014 

Birds fly as the sun sets through haze in Beijing

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Birds fly as the sun sets through a haze in Beijing

Volunteers of the sect, Dera Saccha Sauda, participate in a cleanliness drive at a public ground in Mumbai, India, Tuesday, Oct.28, 2014. The sectís initiative launched in 2011 is different from the Clean India Campaign that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

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Volunteers of the sect, Dera Saccha Sauda, participate in a cleanliness drive at a public ground in Mumbai, India. The sects initiative launched in 2011 is different from the Clean India Campaign that was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 2. 

A woman feeds birds on the banks of the Rhone river in Lyon, central-eastern France, on October 23, 2014.

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A woman feeds birds on the banks of the Rhone river in Lyon, central-eastern France, on Thursday.

This photo taken on July 21, 2014 shows ...This photo taken on July 21, 2014 shows residents looking at a giant green sea turtle which accidentally got tangled in a fishing net off a village in Lingayen, Pangasinan province. The fishermen who found the sea turtle immediately informed local authorities and later in the day environment personnel and residents released the turtle back to the sea after tagging it.  Sea turtles are protected under Philippine law and catching them is punishable by at least 12 years in jail.     AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP/Getty Images

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Residents inspect a giant green sea turtle which got tangled in a fishing net off a village in Lingayen, Pangasinan province in the Philippines. The fishermen who found the sea turtle immediately informed local authorities and the turtle was released the back to the sea. 

General view of dried-up rivers in the Pilbara region of Western Australia

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A general aerial view of dried-up rivers in the Pilbara region of Western Australia

Anti-Gas Protesters Celebrate Suspension Of Drilling Permit...LISMORE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15:  Protesters celebrate at the Bentley blockade site on May 15, 2014 in Lismore, Australia. Anti-gas protesters are celebrating today after a drilling permit allowing mining company Metgasco to set up an exploratory gas well on a private property in Bentley, NSW was suspended due to 'insufficient' community consultation. The suspension comes just days before a planned police operation reportedly involving over 800 officers, was expected to move forward to clear the activist blockade at the property.  (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

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Anti-gas drilling protesters celebrate at the Bentley blockade site on Thursday in Lismore, Australia, after a drilling permit allowing mining company Metgasco to set up an exploratory gas well on a private property in Bentley was suspended because of “insufficient” community consultation. 

Young environmentalists from international organizations protest in front of the Polish Ministry of Economy in Warsaw, where the Coal and Climate Summit is taking place. Poland's dependence on the cheap and plentiful coal means it ranks fifth for carbon dioxide (CO2) pollution in the European Union, behind Germany, Britain, Italy and France, whose economies are far larger.

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Young environmentalists protest in front of the Polish economy ministry in Warsaw, where the coal and climate summit is taking place. The country’s dependence on fossil fuel means it ranks fifth for carbon-dioxide pollution in the EU, behind Germany, Britain, Italy and France.

Workers wait to enter a construction site early in the morning near an advertisement urging people to protect environment, in Beijing on Thursday.

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Workers wait to enter a construction site early in the morning on Thursday near an advertisement urging people to protect environment, in Beijing.

A resident clears dead fish from the Fuhe river in Wuhan, in central China's Hubei, after large quantities began to surface the day before, apparently killed by severely high levels of ammonia in the water.

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A resident clears dead fish from the Fuhe river in Wuhan, Hubei, in central China, after large quantities began to surface the day before, apparently killed by severely high levels of ammonia in the water.

A beach can be seen along the coastline of Arnhem Land, east of Darwin, in Australia's Northern Territory...A beach can be seen along the coastline of Arnhem Land, east of Darwin, in Australia's Northern Territory July 15, 2013. Over half of Australia lies above the Tropic of Capricorn, but it is home to only five percent of the population. It is a frontier land with little infrastructure, populated by cattle barons, crocodile hunters and aboriginal tribes. Geologists say the Northern Territory, which is the size of South Africa, has abundant diamond, gold and uranium reserves. However, a fifth of the Northern Territory is owned or controlled by aboriginal groups and many Aborigines have joined environmentalists to discourage mining. Picture taken July 15, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT)    ATTENTION EDITORS: PICTURE 3 OF 12 FOR PACKAGE  'THE OUTBACK FROM THE AIR'.

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A beach can be seen along the coastline of Arnhem Land, east of Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory. Over half of Australia lies above the Tropic of Capricorn, but it is home to only five per cent of the population. It is a frontier land with little infrastructure, populated by cattle barons, crocodile hunters and aboriginal tribes. Geologists say the Northern Territory, which is the size of South Africa, has abundant diamond, gold and uranium reserves. However, a fifth of the Northern Territory is owned or controlled by aboriginal groups and many Aborigines have joined environmentalists to discourage mining. 

Ivory tusks are stored in boxes at Hong Kong Customs after they were seized from a container at Kwai Chung Container Terminal.

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Ivory tusks are stored in boxes at Hong Kong Customs after they were seized from a container at Kwai Chung Container Terminal.

Thai workers in protective clothing clean up crude oil after it was washed ashore at a beach of Ko Samet Island.

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Thai workers clean up crude oil after it was washed ashore at a beach on Ko Samet Island, Thailand

Activists with faces painted to resemble tigers, take part in a protest against the trade in Sumatran tigers on Global Tiger Day, in Jakarta.

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Activists, with faces painted to resemble tigers, take part in a protest against the trade in Sumatran tigers on Global Tiger Day, in Jakarta

Greenpeace demonstrators climb the Shard buildin

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Greenpeace demonstrators climb the Shard building, in central London, on Thursday. Greenpeace said on it’s website that the six women attempting to climb the Shard, the tallest building in western Europe, were protesting against drilling for oil in the Arctic

A tourist wearing an umbrella drinks a bottle of water at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The National Meteorological Center forecasted that the temperature in most regions of China is likely to be one to two degrees centigrade higher than normal in July.

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A tourist wearing an umbrella hat drinks a bottle of water at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China. The National Meteorological Center forecast that temperature in most regions of China is likely to be one to two degrees centigrade higher than normal in July

Cassiopea ornata jellyfish are seen in the Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, south west of Tokyo, Japan. The aquarium displays various jellyfishes as its key feature.

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Cassiopea ornata jellyfish are seen in the Enoshima Aquarium in Fujisawa, southwest of Tokyo, Japan. The aquarium displays various jellyfishes as its key feature.

West Midland firefighters tackling a large blaze at J & A Young’s recycling plant in Smethwick. Reports state that more than 150 firefighters and 35 fire appliances are still tackling the blaze involving 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material sending a plume of smoke 6,000ft into the air.

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West Midland firefighters tackle a large blaze that started Sunday night at J&A Young’s recycling plant in Smethwick, near Birmingham, UK, and which was still burning on Monday. The fire was apparently started by a Chinese lantern that fell onto the site and set alight 100,000 tonnes of plastic recycling material, sending a plume of smoke 6,000ft into the air. 

Rocks and cliffs are covered with graffiti near Sapphire Falls in Cucamonga Canyon in the Angeles National Forest near Rancho Cucamonga, California. In response to massive graffiti vandalism, the city of Rancho Cucamonga is denying access through non-national forest land, actively enforced with $250 fines. While hikers must now use difficult and dangerous routes on national forest land to reach the popular falls, teams of graffiti vandals continue to spray paint the area at will. An epidemic of vandalism against natural, archeological and historical sites has led to the closure of historic Barker Dam and the popular Rattlesnake Canyon hiking area of the Wonderland of Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park. Vandals have also spray painted and chopped up iconic giant saguaro cacti in Saguaro National Park. Officials report that some vandals brag about their destructive exploits on social media sites, further popularizing vandalism in remote wilderness areas.

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Rocks and cliffs are covered with graffiti near Sapphire Falls in Cucamonga Canyon in the Angeles National Forest near Rancho Cucamonga, California. In response to massive graffiti vandalism, the city of Rancho Cucamonga is denying access through non-national forest land, actively enforced with $250 fines. While hikers must now use difficult and dangerous routes on national forest land to reach the popular falls, teams of graffiti vandals continue to spray paint the area at will. An epidemic of vandalism against natural, archaeological and historical sites has led to the closure of the historic Barker Dam and the popular Rattlesnake Canyon hiking area of the Wonderland of Rocks in Joshua Tree National Park. Vandals have also spray painted and chopped up iconic giant saguaro cacti in Saguaro National Park. Officials report that some vandals brag about their destructive exploits on social media sites, further popularising vandalism in remote wilderness areas.