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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.
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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.
An Indian man dries plastic bags for reuse at an industrial area on the outskirts of Jammu, India, on Wednesday. The UN celebrates World Environment Day on June 5 to stimulate global awareness on environmental issues
A woman walks past an entertainment company which decorated the facade of its office building with colourful doors in Fuzhou, Fujian province, on Wednesday. The company considers making use of the old doors, taken from houses at demolition sites, as a way of demonstrating their environment-friendly and creativity concepts
Amazon Indians occupy the main construction site of the Belo Monte hydroelectric dam in Vitória do Xingu, near Altamira in Pará state, Brazil. Indians from various tribes returned to force the suspension of the dam, projected to become the world’s third largest in energy production, for the second time in a month, opposing it for its impact on the environment and their livelihoods.