Environment

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.

An Indian man dries plastic bags for reuse at an industrial area on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Wednesday, June 5, 2013. The World Environment Day is celebrated June 5 every year by the United Nations to stimulate global awareness on environmental issues. (AP Photo/Channi Anand)

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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