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Religious offerings from devotees and leftover wooden frames of Lord Ganesh idols pile up in the Yamuna river in New Delhi on September 20, 2013.  Considered one of the holiest rivers in India, the Yamuna River has been dying a slow death from pollution for decades despite the investment of millions of dollars to preserve its ecosystem. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) which monitors the water quality of the Yamuna in Delhi, seventy percent of the pollution in the river is from untreated sewage while the remaining thirty percent is from industrial sources, agricultural run-off and domestic garbage.

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Religious offerings from devotees and leftover wooden frames of Lord Ganesh idols pile up in the Yamuna river in New Delhi, India, on Friday. Considered one of the holiest rivers in India, the Yamuna River has been dying a slow death from pollution for decades despite the investment of millions of dollars to preserve its ecosystem

An Afghan boy searches for recyclable garbage at the site where the garbage of the city is dumped in Herat, Afghanistan, 12 June 2013. World Day Against Child Labor will be observed on 12 June across the world including Afghanistan to raise awareness and contribute to ending child labor. The theme of this year's "No to child labour in domestic work".

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People collect garbage to be sorted and sold to nearby recycling centres in a district near Najaf, 160 km (99 miles) south of Baghdad.

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People collect garbage to be sorted and sold to nearby recycling centres in a district near Najaf, 160km (99 miles) south of Baghdad, Iraq.