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  • Sep 21, 2019 13:52

    Guajajara Indians “forest guardians” detain a logger during a search for illegal loggers on Arariboia indigenous land near the city of Amarante, Maranhao state, Brazil. The police are not coming, but the natives have a plan to fight back. The men say they are among some 180 guardians patrolling their tribal land against loggers on night missions.

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  • Sep 19, 2019 10:32

    People move to safer areas on a boat through floodwaters in Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday directed officials in Allahabad and Varanasi districts to remain vigilant as the water levels in Ganga and Yamuna rivers neared the danger mark. Heavy rains over the past few days have caused the rivers to swell.

    (Rajesh Kumar Singh / AP)read more
  • Sep 18, 2019 16:54

    A scrap vendor sorts plastic at Mandi House in New Delhi. The Delhi govt is planning to ban some single-use plastic items in the national capital, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi pitched for India doing away with single-use plastic. While there’s no official definition of ‘single-use plastic’, it largely refers to plastic bags, cups, water bottles, wrappers, sachets and straws that are said to contribute significantly to river and soil pollution.

    (Raj K Raj / HT Photo)read more
  • Sep 18, 2019 13:13

    An Indonesian man stands next to a fire in an agricultural land in Kampar, in Sumatra island's Riau province as the city is blanketed by smoke from fires. President Joko Widodo flew to Riau province, where nearly 50,000 hectares (123,500 acres) have burned, to encourage authorities to get the haze under control.

    (Adek Berry / AFP)read more
  • Sep 13, 2019 15:23

    A member of Manggala Agni tries to extinguish peatland fires at a plantation in Pekanbaru, Indonesia. Indonesia’s forest fires are an annual problem but have been worsened this year by particularly dry weather. The number of “hotspots” jumped sharply in Indonesia on Wednesday jumping from 861 a day earlier to 1,619, according to the Singapore-based ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre.

    (Rony Muharrman / Antara Foto via REUTERS)read more
  • Sep 11, 2019 13:20

    A laboratory assistant examines a mosquito sample at the Pasteur Institute in the southern Vietnamese city of Nha Trang. The World Mosquito Program (WMP) has pioneered a method where male and female Aedes Aegypti mosquitoes are infected with the disease-resistant bacteria called Wolbachia before being released into the wild.

    (Nhac Nguyen / AFP)read more
  • Sep 09, 2019 15:47

    Oscar Limachi, 48, a member of the local Qewaya community who works as a tour guide on Lake Titicaca, in Qewaya village, Bolivia. Limachi said that waste and a lack of understanding about pollution risk changing the habitat forever. “It is also our fault, people throw garbage and plastic everywhere, they don’t understand this is polluting,” he said.

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  • Sep 09, 2019 13:59

    Copacabana restaurant owner Babacar Thiaw holds bamboo straws at the restaurant on the Yoff Virage beach in Dakar, Senagal. Babacar Thiaw took the initiative of opening Dakar’s first “zero plastic” restaurant in a response to the rubbish strewn along the beaches of the Senegalese capital.

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  • Aug 28, 2019 10:33

    An Indigenous man from the Mura tribe paints his face in Itaparana village near Humaita, Amazonas State, Brazil. There are more than 18,000 Mura that live in Amazonas state, the largest and best-preserved state in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest, according to data compiled by the non-government organization Instituto Socioambiental.

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  • Aug 23, 2019 10:16

    Smoke billows during a fire in an area of the Amazon rainforest near Porto Velho, Rondonia State, Brazil. A chunk of the Amazon rainforest has been consumed by fires for weeks now. The number of forest fires in Brazil surged in the first eight months of 2019, as President Jair Bolsonaro faces growing criticism over rampant destruction of the Amazon.

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  • Jul 16, 2019 14:39

    Men clear a tree from the flooded Manas river, following heavy rainfall in Baksa district of Assam. Heavy rainfall has submerged 30 of the 33 districts in the state. The death toll has reached 15 so far. As residents struggle to shift to safer places, rescue operations are underway to manage the calamity.

    (David Talukdar / AFP)read more
  • Jul 13, 2019 19:29

    Water pours from a pipe into a tanker at a government-run water-filling station in Chennai. Failed rains last year and delays in this year’s annual monsoon have left nearly half of India facing drought-like conditions, according to the South Asia Drought Monitor. This is forcing many hospitals to buy water for running their operations.

    (Dhiraj Singh / Bloomberg)read more
  • Jul 09, 2019 09:49

    An elephant is bathed at the Elephant Rehabilitation Centre, Kappukadu, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. The Kerala government is working to set up the country’s first elephant rehabilitation centre in Kottoor, an ecotourism village near the state capital Thiruvananthapuram. The first phase of the Rs 105 crore-project was launched last month by chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

    (Vivek R Nair / HT Photo)read more
  • Jul 02, 2019 19:30

    58-year-old Meenadevi cleans dry toilets in a Muslim neighbourhood in Bihar’s Rohtas district. She swiftly picks up the dried waste and human excreta using cardboard pads, shoves it in her partly broken bamboo basket and heads off to dispose it in a nearby field. Manual scavengers and sanitation workers need no introduction, yet they are so easily forgotten.

    (Sudharak Olwe )read more
  • Jun 18, 2019 12:06

    A worker stacks sheets of compacted aluminium cans at a waste centre in the town of Kamikatsu, Tokushima prefecture. “Yes, it’s complicated,” said Naoko Yokoyama, a 39-year-old resident who had brought her trash to the waste centre. “But I have become more environmentally conscious since I moved here a year ago,” she told AFP.

    (Kazuhiro Nogi / AFP)read more
  • Jun 17, 2019 15:24

    A woman assists an elderly person in carrying a bucket filled with tanker water at Shakar Pada village near Shahapur, on the outskirts of Mumbai. As Gajanand Dukre (not pictured) parks his water tanker in this drought-stricken Indian village, dozens of locals -- mostly women -- come streaming with jerry cans, buckets and stainless steel pots.

    (Punit Paranjpe / AFP)read more
  • May 30, 2019 11:53

    Jose da Cruz wends his way on foot through a tangle of mangroves on the Caratingui River, in Cairu,Brazil. Fishermen like Cruz have made their living for decades hunting crab among Brazil’s vast coastal mangroves, densely twisted plants in deep black mud that grow where fresh water rivers meet the brackish Atlantic Ocean.

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  • May 28, 2019 10:35

    Abu Hayder, an ecotourism guide, navigates a canoe in the marshes of Chibayish in Iraq. “I didn’t think I would find somewhere so beautiful, and such a body of water in Iraq,” said Habib al-Jurani. He left Iraq in 1990 for the United States, and was back for a family visit. Looking around the lush marshes, declared in 2016 to be Iraq’s fifth UNESCO World Heritage site, Jurani added: “There are some mesmerising places.”

    (Hussein Faleh / AFP)read more
  • Mar 26, 2019 13:14

    Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu, is facing an acute water crisis owing to the city’s unchecked growth. Residents rely on water from natural resources from the outskirts of the city. In Vengaivasal, once considered the outskirts of Chennai and now subsumed by the city’s suburbs, the two aeris, periyeri and chitteri, have been stubbornly protected against encroachments, construction and water pilfering by the local community.

    (Gayatri Jayaraman / HT Photo)read more
  • Mar 24, 2019 14:21

    “In our village, most people suffer from stomach illness and body ache,” said Hira Lal (35) from Pevandi in Kanpur district, Uttar Pradesh of the water they drink, pointing to the drain towards the farm, a mix of water from the river Ganga and toxic waste released by neighbouring tanneries --sometimes treated, sometimes not. Locals said that their drinking water is salty and turns yellow when kept for longer durations.

    (WaterAid / Poshali Goel)read more
  • Mar 22, 2019 09:26

    A visitor at The Walk food courtyard in New Delhi. Walls draped in lush vertical gardens and air filtered through purifiers insulates diners from the choking haze outside in one of the most polluted places on earth. But such eco-eateries are beyond reach for the poor, who have little means of escaping the deadly smog which coats the city for much of the year.

    (Sajjad Hussain / AFP)read more
  • Mar 21, 2019 09:14

    Sam Cleland, the officer in charge of the Cape Grim Baseline Air Pollution Station. Since 1976, this wild and blustery spot has been home to the station -- a small Australian government facility with the seemingly eccentric task of bottling air. Our job is essentially to find air as clean as you’re likely to find anywhere in the world and measure just how polluted it is,” Cleland said.

    (William West / AFP)read more
  • Oct 13, 2018 13:03

    Ouk Vandey, known as the Rubbish Man (C) teaches students at the Coconut School at Kirirom national park in Kampong Speu province, Cambodia. Sitting in a building made from used tyres, plastic bottles and old sneakers, Roeun Bunthon jots down notes during an English lesson at the “Rubbish School” where tuition is paid for with trash instead of cash.

    (Tang Chhin Sothy / AFP)read more
  • Sep 21, 2018 09:33

    An iceberg floats in a fjord near the town of Tasiilaq, Greenland. Perched on a cliff above Greenland’s Helheim glacier, Reuters photographer Lucas Jackson tried calling his wife in New York on a satellite phone. Before he could leave a message, an explosion broke the arctic silence.

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  • Jul 23, 2018 10:05

    At the Jain Dadabari in Mehrauli, an old Neem tree, classified as natural heritage, adds a splash of green to the serene white complex.

    (Sanchit Khanna / HT Photo)read more
  • Jul 05, 2018 11:48

    Leaning like the Whomping Willow from the Harry Potter series, this Salvadora tree in the Qutub Minar complex, gives the minaret quite the fight for attention.

    (Burhaan Kinu / HT Photo)read more
  • Jul 03, 2018 14:30

    With an estimated population of more than two million people, Gurugram generates an average of 900 metric tons of waste per day, most of which end up in the Bandhwari landfill. This towering landfill located only 20kms from the city has triggered a public health crisis in the surrounding villages, degrading local air, water and soil, and altering the social fabric of the community.

    (Yogendra Kumar / HT Photo)read more
  • Jun 20, 2018 11:17

    Workers save a Buddha statue after a landslide damaged the hilltop Kyeik Than Lan pagoda in Mawlamyine, Mon state following heavy rains. Flooding in southern Myanmar caused a landslide at the over 1,100-year-old pagoda, submerged homes and displaced residents, according to state media, as the monsoon season picks up strength.

    (Ye Aung Thu / AFP)read more
  • Jun 06, 2018 11:11

    Shiv Kumari, a patient at Kanpur’s Murari Lal Chest Hospital suffers from breathing problems. “Pollution, dust or smoke makes me breathless. I feel that I am choking. I cough and feel as if something sharp is pinching my throat,” she said. The city of three million people has been smarting since a World Health Organisation (WHO) report put Kanpur at the head of 14 Indian cities in the world’s top 15 with the dirtiest air.

    (Chandan Khanna / AFP)read more
  • Jun 05, 2018 14:05

    One week's worth of plastic waste, used and collected by the Joshi family. Joshi and her family reduce plastics by using bamboo toothbrushes, unpackaged shampoo bars rather than bottles and taking containers to restaurants to bring home any leftovers. “We shop for vegetables and fruits from local markets rather than from supermarkets where even the veggies and fruits are packed in plastic film,” Mugdha said.

    (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)read more