We have extensive coverage on the environment and environmental issues, ranging from climate change to pollution and deforestation to sustainability. If you don’t find a gallery on any environmental subject, please contact us for more information or to request a picture selection.
An Appetite for Life
12 Jun 2019 12:00 am
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How a global food revolution could help save the planet, farmed animals, and us.
~On an increasingly overpopulated planet, making sure that there is enough food to feed everyone is a question of efficiency. In order to sustain an expected population of 10 billion people by 2050, and address the ever-growing problem of climate change, scientists are calling for a ‘great food transformation’: one which would require drastically reducing our consumption of meat and dairy, and making a cultural shift towards a largely plant-based diet...
~Download our full story PDF, including text, here.

The Plastic Problem
1 Nov 2018 01:25 pm
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In 2017, BBC series ‘BLUE PLANET II’ addressed an uncomfortable truth: Every year, 8 million tonnes of plastic ends up in the world’s oceans - and it’s our fault. Plastic pollution has since become big news. But what can be done to tackle one of the greatest environmental challenges of our time?
~Download our full story PDF, including text, here.

Wildlife Trade
8 Jan 2015 12:00 am
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The trade in wildlife, for food, the pet trade and for related products such as animal skins and ivory, is a growing threat to many animal and plant species, in spite of the CITES convention, which is aimed at controlling illegal trade in endangered species.
Alternative Energy
12 Apr 2015 12:00 am
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The world is beginning to run out of its natural resources and as the effects of their exploitation becomes more and more concerning, the world is starting to turn to other forms of energy production. With binding legislation that will see the European Union produce 20% of all its energy from clean sources by 2020, the presence of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar farms are going to increase dramatically. Nuclear energy production also offers another alternative.
Blue Planet 2019
27 Mar 2019 12:00 am
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We've created a gallery focusing on the locations and subjects covered in the BBC's Blue Planet Live series, including sharks in Bimini, grey whales in Baja California and green turtles from the Great Barrier Reef, plus the endangered Mediterranean monk seal. This series has been successful in raising awareness of the threats faced by the marine environment, and particularly the problem of plastic pollution in the oceans. We also focus on the Vaquita, the smallest and most endangered cetacean on the planet, which also occurs in Mexico and is now threatened with extinction.
Blue Planet 2019 UK
27 Mar 2019 12:00 am
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This gallery includes subjects and locations focused on in the UK strand of the BBC's series in March 2019, including seabirds in Yorkshire, sea eagles in Mull, lobsters, herring, sustainable fisheries and marine pollution.
Climate Change
20 Oct 2021 12:00 am
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NPL has extensive coverage on both the causes and effects of climate change. Our photographers have documented melting ice sheets, thawing permafrost, bleaching corals and receding glaciers, as well as extreme weather events and their impact on both wildlife and people.
COP26 Earth Project
22 Oct 2021 12:00 am
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Nature Picture Library has teamed up with the Earth Project to organise the COP26 Countdown photo competition. 26 NPL photographers each selected 3 images which best encapsulate the issues surrounding COP26 and the climate and nature crisis. This gallery shows the full set of 78 images used in the series of three COP26 Countdown photo competition galleries. The 3 winning images were announced on 6th November and occupy the first 3 places in this gallery. Read all about it on our blog.
COP26 Photo Competition gallery A
5 Oct 2021 12:00 am
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NPL is working with the Earth Project on the COP26 Countdown Photo Competition. 26 photographers have each selected an image that focuses attention on climate change and the threat it poses to biodiversity. This is the first of 3 galleries in the photo competition. This gallery is now closed for voting and gallery C is now open.
COP26 Photo Competition gallery B
5 Oct 2021 12:00 am
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NPL is working with the Earth Project on the COP26 Countdown Photo Competition. 26 photographers have each selected an image that focuses attention on climate change and the threat it poses to biodiversity. This is the second of 3 galleries in the photo competition, voting is now closed for gallery B, and open for gallery C.
COP26 Photo Competition gallery C
26 Oct 2021 12:00 am
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NPL is working with the Earth Project on the COP26 Countdown Photo Competition. 26 photographers have each selected an image that focuses attention on climate change and the threat it poses to biodiversity. This is the third of 3 galleries in the photo competition, open for voting for 2 weeks from 26th October 2021.
8 Jan 2015 12:00 am
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Deforestation is a major environmental issue in many parts of the world, leading to erosion and habitat destruction or impoverishment for many plant and animal species. It also exacerbates global warming as burning trees lead to more carbon emissions and the removal of forests reduces the world's ability to absorb carbon monoxide from the atmosphere.
Earth Day
21 Aug 2014 12:00 am
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On April 22nd each year millions of people around the world take part in activities to mark Earth Day. The Earth Day Network was founded in 1970 in the USA and now works with partners in 192 countries to broaden, diversify and mobilize the environmental movement. It focuses on providing opportunities for civic engagement, and 1 billion people participate each year in Earth Day activities, making it the largest civil observance in the world. Some of Earth Day's main programmes and initiatives include Greening Schools, Green Cities, Reforestation, Endangered Species and Climate Change. The focus of Earth Day 2018 is on ending plastic pollution. For more information about Earth Day, see www.earthday.org.
Earth Day 2020
22 Apr 2020 12:00 am
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Earth Day celebrates its 50th anniversary on 22nd April 2020. A virtual event this year, Earth Day's focus is how climate change is impacting the Earth's landscapes and biodiversity. We have created a special Earth Day 50th Anniversary gallery to celebrate the day, the diversity of the Earth's landscapes and its endangered species.
Earth Hour
5 Mar 2016 12:00 am
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Earth Hour will be celebrated on Saturday 19th March 2016, when people around the world will be encouraged to switch off their lights between 8:30 and 9:30pm UK time. Many famous buildings around the world will turn off their lights - last year these included the Alhambra in Granada, the Colosseum in Rome, Sydney Opera House and the Empire State Building in New York. Earth Hour was started in 2007 and is a WWF initiative, with a separate non-profit organisation based in Singapore. Its mission is to unite people to protect the planet. In 2015 there were 620,000 Earth Hour actions in 172 countries, involving a range of issues, including renewable energy, solar panels, saving power, protecting forests and planting trees.
Festival of Nature 2022
14 Jun 2022 12:00 am
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The Festival of Nature runs from 10 to 18 June and is the UK's largest free celebration of the natural world. There is a host of interesting events in Bristol and Bath. NPL is proud to have contributed the images for the Wildlife at St George's Outdoor Photo Trail, which will continue until 2 September and is located just across the road from our office!
15 Apr 2015 12:00 am
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8 Jan 2015 05:21 pm
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Pollution of the environment is a complex worldwide problem. Pollution of the atmosphere and of watercourses and oceans crosses national boundaries, whilst there is a growing threat to the environement and human populations from discarded rubbish and pollution from the disposal of refuse.
Protecting Biodiversity
25 Oct 2021 12:00 am
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Recycling and Sustainability
12 Apr 2015 12:00 am
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By appropriately recycling our waste, we also reduce the demand for natural resources and by re-using the materials we already have instead of creating new ones, we reduce the amount of energy used and levels of pollution. Recycling also reduces the amount of waste which is sent to landfill or is incinerated, both of which are expensive process requiring large amounts of land.
Reducing CO2 emissions
22 Oct 2021 12:00 am
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The 4 main goals of COP26 aim to limit global warming to a maximum of 1.5 degrees and to achieve nett zero by 2050 by reducing CO2 emissions. First, stop deforestation. Second, cut out coal. Third, switch to electric vehicles. Fourth, invest in renewables.
1 Mar 2019 12:00 am
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The term "rewild" was invented by the American conservationist Dave Foreman in the 1980s and first appeared in print in 1990. It has subsequently been adopted by biologists and conservationists who have championed the importance of joining up networks of isolated patches of wilderness and in particular the restoration of habitat through the reintroduction of apex predators, grazing animals and natural processes in general. We have extensive coverage on rewilding projects in the UK and Europe.
Storms and Floods
25 Aug 2014 12:00 am
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The Winter of Storms and Floods

~~The winter of 2013-2014 was the wettest on record in the south and west of Britain, as a series of ~fierce depresssions swept across the Atlantic on a more southerly track than usual. Our photographers braved the conditions to document the exceptionally wet and stormy weather that ~battered Britain and the Atlantic coast of France between December 2013 and February 2014.~

~This gallery shows some of our in-depth coverage of the flooding in the Somerset Levels and the~Severn and Thames valleys, revealing the impact of floods on both people and the environment,~including the rescue efforts, pumping and flood defences. David Woodfall's dramatic aerial images ~show the extent of the flooding in the Somerset Levels, where more than 40 square miles of land ~were submerged, and the flooded towns of the Severn Valley.~

~Benoit Stichelbaut photographed storms Petra and Ruth hitting the coast of Brittany, while Mark Taylor's images show high seas on the Sussex coast and our East Anglian photographers experienced the impact of the storm surge in North Norfolk. ~

The 2022 Heatwave
30 Aug 2022 12:00 am
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For the first time ever, temperatures reached 40°C in the UK earlier this year. The recent episode of worldwide record temperatures and dry weather in July and August has had a huge impact on wildlife and the environment. Unfortunately, as global warming continues, this is becoming the new normal. Our photographers have captured eye-opening impacts of the 2022 heatwave.
Urban Wildlife Worldwide
23 Apr 2020 12:51 pm
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As more and more people worldwide life in cities, wildlife has had to adapt to life in urban situations. Often cities provide unexpected opportunities for animals to thrive, living in close proximity to man.
World Oceans Day
25 Aug 2014 12:00 am
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June 8th 2013 is the UN-designated World Oceans Day, and this year the theme is ^together we have the power to protect the ocean^. This annual event has been running since 2002 with the support of The Ocean Project and The World Ocean Network, and aims to raise awareness of the importance of a clean and healthy ocean. There are events taking place worldwide, so why not visit the website www.worldoceansday.org to find out how you can get involved.
~We hope you enjoy our celebration of the riches of the world's oceans and of the efforts being made to preserve them.

~~Following on from World Oceans Day, June 9th is Coral Triangle Day, so we're also delighted to celebrate Jurgen Freund's unique photography from this unp
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