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Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | A cameleer leads his charges through Erg Chebbi, a complex of dunes formed by wind-blown sand in eastern Morocco, near the Algerian border. The dunes are located close to the town of Merzouga, a jumping-off point for tourists who overnight in the desert in luxury tent camps. #followme @irablockphoto for more images of the world. #camels #desert #ergchebbi #tourism4 hours agoDownload
Photos by Cristina Mittermeier @mitty | I have been lucky enough to experience the Amazon firsthand and to spend time with some of the indigenous people who call it home. People like the Kayapó have been stewards of the rainforest for centuries. Since Jair Bolsonaro was elected as president of Brazil last year, the Kayapó have been fighting to protect it from a president who has compared indigenous communities to animals living in zoos and who has allowed industry cut down more of the rainforest this summer alone than in the last three years combined, according to data released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. Trees are cleared to plant soy or to make room for cattle pastures. Setting fires is one of the fastest ways to make space. There have been more than 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year. This could be just the beginning of an even bigger tragedy if we don't come together today and start #turningthetide. The Amazonian rainforest is a priceless carbon sink that helps draw carbon dioxide out of the air to help us in our fight against the climate crisis. Follow me @mitty for more from the front lines of conservation. #Kayapo #Amazon #Rainforest #TakeAction8 hours agoDownload
Photos by Cristina Mittermeier @mitty | I have been lucky enough to experience the Amazon firsthand and to spend time with some of the indigenous people who call it home. People like the Kayapó have been stewards of the rainforest for centuries. Since Jair Bolsonaro was elected as president of Brazil last year, the Kayapó have been fighting to protect it from a president who has compared indigenous communities to animals living in zoos and who has allowed industry cut down more of the rainforest this summer alone than in the last three years combined, according to data released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. Trees are cleared to plant soy or to make room for cattle pastures. Setting fires is one of the fastest ways to make space. There have been more than 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year. This could be just the beginning of an even bigger tragedy if we don't come together today and start #turningthetide. The Amazonian rainforest is a priceless carbon sink that helps draw carbon dioxide out of the air to help us in our fight against the climate crisis. Follow me @mitty for more from the front lines of conservation. #Kayapo #Amazon #Rainforest #TakeAction8 hours agoDownload
Photos by Cristina Mittermeier @mitty | I have been lucky enough to experience the Amazon firsthand and to spend time with some of the indigenous people who call it home. People like the Kayapó have been stewards of the rainforest for centuries. Since Jair Bolsonaro was elected as president of Brazil last year, the Kayapó have been fighting to protect it from a president who has compared indigenous communities to animals living in zoos and who has allowed industry cut down more of the rainforest this summer alone than in the last three years combined, according to data released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. Trees are cleared to plant soy or to make room for cattle pastures. Setting fires is one of the fastest ways to make space. There have been more than 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year. This could be just the beginning of an even bigger tragedy if we don't come together today and start #turningthetide. The Amazonian rainforest is a priceless carbon sink that helps draw carbon dioxide out of the air to help us in our fight against the climate crisis. Follow me @mitty for more from the front lines of conservation. #Kayapo #Amazon #Rainforest #TakeAction8 hours agoDownload
Photos by Cristina Mittermeier @mitty | I have been lucky enough to experience the Amazon firsthand and to spend time with some of the indigenous people who call it home. People like the Kayapó have been stewards of the rainforest for centuries. Since Jair Bolsonaro was elected as president of Brazil last year, the Kayapó have been fighting to protect it from a president who has compared indigenous communities to animals living in zoos and who has allowed industry cut down more of the rainforest this summer alone than in the last three years combined, according to data released by Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. Trees are cleared to plant soy or to make room for cattle pastures. Setting fires is one of the fastest ways to make space. There have been more than 74,000 fires in the Brazilian Amazon since the beginning of this year—a staggering 84% increase over the same period last year. This could be just the beginning of an even bigger tragedy if we don't come together today and start #turningthetide. The Amazonian rainforest is a priceless carbon sink that helps draw carbon dioxide out of the air to help us in our fight against the climate crisis. Follow me @mitty for more from the front lines of conservation. #Kayapo #Amazon #Rainforest #TakeAction8 hours agoDownload
Photo by Paul Nicklen @paulnicklen | Ha'a Keaulana, daughter of Brian Keaulana and the granddaughter of legendary Buffalo Keaulana, runs across the sea floor with a 50-pound boulder cradled in her arms. Strength radiates off her as she trains to surf, the muscles in her legs straining against the drag of the water while she pushes through the sand. Her father taught her and many others to prepare for a four-wave "hold down"—in case they wipe out in big surf. At 13-second intervals between waves, that could mean being held underwater for one minute, as the heavy waves roll and roar above you. It's one thing to hold your breath in a swimming pool for a minute; it is something completely different to swim down 30 feet, pick up a huge rock, and then run as hard as you can underwater. Thanks to her lineage, community, and training, Ha’a is a true water woman from #Makaha. Follow me @PaulNicklen to see more images of life on the coast of Hawai'i, including images of Ha'a towing four large men underwater, while STILL carrying a 50-pound rock. #Surfing #Storytelling #Memories #Friends12 hours agoDownload
Photo by Jasper Doest @jasperdoest | White storks have always been intertwined with humans. Who doesn’t know the mythical stories about these large birds bringing babies to new parents? In Ancient Egypt, the stork was associated with the soul. Greek and Roman mythology portrays storks as models of parental devotion. In Chinese wisdom, the stork is a symbol of longevity. In Christianity, the stork is linked with purification, and followers of Islam revered storks because they made an annual "pilgrimage" through Mecca on their migration. 
However, since the mid-1980s, increasing numbers of white storks have chosen to stay on the European continent all year, rather than migrate to Africa in winter. The reason:  the guaranteed, abundant food supply from landfill sites, like this one in Portugal. While it is clear that the stork population has benefited from the large quantities of food, you don’t have to be a scientist to see something is wrong.
Confronting the enormous amount of waste we produce on a daily basis is truly horrifying. Walking through fields of empty bottles, plastic bags, food leftovers, and toys brings me to tears. I'm embarrassed to be part of our consumer society. We have to turn the tide. This story is not about storks—it is about us. It's time to make a decision: #planetorplastic?  Follow @jasperdoest for more images of the human-wildlife relationship. #bethechange #notimetowaste #zerowaste #plasticfree16 hours agoDownload
Photo by Dina Litovsky @dina_litovsky | Students at Kiev’s School 232 wait in anticipation of the last bell ceremony. It traces its origins to the Soviet Union era and is still observed in many post-Soviet cities. For many teenagers, this is the beginning of a new phase in their lives—a summer where choices about the future have to be made. But for the day, Kiev turns into a playground for students celebrating the last day of school. For more images, follow me @dina_litovsky.20 hours agoDownload
Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | A man tends to his horse as he and others wait for customers to rent a ride on a horse-drawn carriage by the sea in the Greek island of Spetses. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic #muhammedmuheisen #Greece #Spetsesa day agoDownload
Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards | Every autumn Hindu families across Nepal worship the fearsome goddess Durga during the Dashain festival. Durga demands a blood sacrifice, and on the main festival day an uncountable number of goats are exchanged for prosperity, safety, and a good meal.

Buddhists celebrate their own festival on this same day, lighting butter lamps and saying prayers so that the animals may have safe passage through the afterlife and a more fortuitous rebirth.

We are #onassignment in the Mustang region, looking at how traditional practices are adapting to modern-day pressures. Roads, Buddhism, monarchies, climate change, and goat herding are all connected. Text by Ben Ayers @jetbutterflies.

#followme @coryrichards @jetbutterflies and our expedition team Kyle Daly, Above The Clouds, and Abiral Rai for more real-time images from #nepala day agoDownload
Photo by Trevor Frost @tbfrost | Happy International Sloth Day! The world's slowest mammal? The three- toed sloth! I was in Cuyabeno National Park, in Ecuador, looking for anacondas with the nonprofit @tropicalherping when we stumbled upon this individual. And I have to say, for an animal that barely moves when you're observing it, it  truly moved me to finally see one after years of traveling to the Amazon. To see more photos of animals from the Amazon, including an anaconda, head over to @tbfrost #InternationalSlothDaya day agoDownload
Photo by Tasneem Alsultan @tasneemalsultan | Attendees from 42 countries and more than 10,000 racing camels flew in to the city of Taif for the second annual Crown Prince Camel Festival. As a rookie, I wasn't aware of the amount of work and emotional investment in breeding a winning camel. For more on the camel racing industry, follow @tasneemalsultan #taif #camelrace #saudiarabia2 days agoDownload
Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Wall climbing on a 4,000-foot fang of granite in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, with Conrad Anker. Ambient temperatures in the sun hovered around -20°F. After over a week of climbing, we finished a new route on the mountain. If you look below, you can see our high camp perched on the ridge. I’ve faced some of my heaviest mind riots on big walls...many of them with Conrad. But walls also represent some of the best shared experiences I’ve ever had. Lucky to do what I do and to do it with friends like Conrad. For more images from mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin2 days agoDownload
Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Tatiana Batskalyova cares for her 90-year-old mother-in-law, Lira. Prior to the war, both women used to live in a family house in the suburban village of Opytne, between Donetsk and Avdeevka, in eastern Ukraine. They had to flee when their street became a front line—a powerful explosion buried Lira alive under the wreckage. Altogether the house got three direct artillery hits.
Now they live in Tatiana’s daughter’s apartment in Avdeevka. This apartment was also damaged by shelling and repaired by the women on their own. “My daughter has a real talent! She has fixed it so nicely you could never tell there was a huge hole in this wall,” she proudly tells us. Her husband, Aleksander, chose to rebel against the war’s indignity in his own way: like many people in eastern Ukraine, he refuses to leave his demolished house. He continues living in the basement–the only surviving part–and cultivates the garden. Every day he takes a bike ride through the minefield that separates Opytnoe from Avdeevka to visit his wife. Tatiana prepares him a meal to take back, as he has no kitchen left in the ruins.
Tatiana lost a court hearing over compensation for her house. She felt humiliated by the attitude of the hearing members: “They would ask me questions like, why do I think that my house was shelled? Then they turned to a witness and began interrogating her about what brand of refrigerator I had and how many burners there were on the gas stove. They were talking to us like they assumed we were lying and it was their job to catch us out.” Ukraine’s official position is that Russia is to blame for the war, and so all claims should be addressed across the border. 
Words by Alisa Sopova, from the series #5Kfromthefrontline, an ongoing project about the everyday consequences of the war in eastern Ukraine.2 days agoDownload
Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | Male polar bears can weigh more than 700 kilograms, or 1,600 pounds—a potential problem when hunting seals on thin ice. Their solution: massive paws. Their paws can be 12 inches wide, allowing them to spread their weight. Their rough foot pads and short, sharp claws also give them extra traction. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures #wild_life #wildlife #animals #ice #snow #bear #teeth #polar bear
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