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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.
Sewage effluent discharge near Severn Bridge construction site  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Sewage effluent discharge near Severn Bridge construction site
Effluent outflow into the sea just outside Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Arctic Norway, June 2009  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / Effluent outflow into the sea just outside Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Arctic Norway, June 2009
Aerial photo of Mpumalanga power station, South Africa, May 2010  -  Richard Du Toit
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Richard Du Toit / Aerial photo of Mpumalanga power station, South Africa, May 2010
A polluted river, Santa Catarina, Brazil, September 2010.  -  Angelo Gandolfi
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Angelo Gandolfi / A polluted river, Santa Catarina, Brazil, September 2010.
Hawaiian monk seal caught in fishing tackle off Kure Atoll, Pacific Ocean. The seal was subsequently freed and released by the photographer.  -  Michael Pitts
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Michael Pitts / Hawaiian monk seal caught in fishing tackle off Kure Atoll, Pacific Ocean. The seal was subsequently freed and released by the photographer.
Cooling towers of coal fired power station, Ruhr, Germany  -  Martin Dohrn
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Martin Dohrn / Cooling towers of coal fired power station, Ruhr, Germany
Traffic congestion, Beijing, China  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / Traffic congestion, Beijing, China
Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station, and train Nr Nottingham, England Energy and railways.  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Ratcliffe-on-Soar Power Station, and train Nr Nottingham, England Energy and railways.
Belching smokestacks at sunset industry related pollution Avonmouth Docks Bristol UK  -  David Noton
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David Noton / Belching smokestacks at sunset industry related pollution Avonmouth Docks Bristol UK
Common guillemot killed in oil slick {Uria aalge} Scotland UK (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)  -  Niall Benvie
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Niall Benvie / Common guillemot killed in oil slick {Uria aalge} Scotland UK (This image may be licensed either as rights managed or royalty free.)
City's rubbish discarded into Vishnumati river, Kathmandhu, Nepal  -  Andrew Parkinson
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Andrew Parkinson / City's rubbish discarded into Vishnumati river, Kathmandhu, Nepal
Sunset view of Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America, one of most populated cities in world  -  Jabruson
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Jabruson / Sunset view of Sao Paulo, Brazil, South America, one of most populated cities in world
Cofan Indians inspecting waste pit, Rio Agua Rico, Dureno, Ecuadorian Amazon  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Cofan Indians inspecting waste pit, Rio Agua Rico, Dureno, Ecuadorian Amazon
Envirocrime label stuck onto a cylinder with inflammable contents dumped in street London Borough of Islington, UK  -  Pat  Tuson
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Pat Tuson / Envirocrime label stuck onto a cylinder with inflammable contents dumped in street London Borough of Islington, UK
Machinery shifting domestic waste, Dunbar landfill site, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2006  -  Pete Cairns
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Pete Cairns / Machinery shifting domestic waste, Dunbar landfill site, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2006
Dead seal on oil polluted coast after Braer oil spill, Sheltand Island, Scotland, UK, 5th January 1993  -  Charlie Hamilton James
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Charlie Hamilton James / Dead seal on oil polluted coast after Braer oil spill, Sheltand Island, Scotland, UK, 5th January 1993
Industrial site on Orinoco river Venezuela.  -  David Welling
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David Welling / Industrial site on Orinoco river Venezuela.
Japanese Beech trees {Fagus crenata} defoliated by acid rain, Tanzawa, Kanagawa, Japan  -  Nature Production
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Nature Production / Japanese Beech trees {Fagus crenata} defoliated by acid rain, Tanzawa, Kanagawa, Japan
Chimneys and smoke from oil refinery in Antwerp harbour, Belgium  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Chimneys and smoke from oil refinery in Antwerp harbour, Belgium
Bridge over the Riotinto river, mineral rich soil mined for iron which seeps into and discolours the river water, Huelva, Spain  -  Jose B. Ruiz
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Jose B. Ruiz / Bridge over the Riotinto river, mineral rich soil mined for iron which seeps into and discolours the river water, Huelva, Spain
Ro Tinto, or Red River, very acidic and coloured deep red by iron dissolved in the water that drains from the local Riotinto mines causing severe environmental problems. Huelva, Spain~~~.  -  Jose B. Ruiz
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Jose B. Ruiz / Ro Tinto, or Red River, very acidic and coloured deep red by iron dissolved in the water that drains from the local Riotinto mines causing severe environmental problems. Huelva, Spain~~~.
Old automobiles tyres on the shore of the Salton Sea, with gulls and industrial plant in the background. Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, California, USA, October 2010.  -  Marie Read
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Marie Read / Old automobiles tyres on the shore of the Salton Sea, with gulls and industrial plant in the background. Salton Sea National Wildlife Refuge, California, USA, October 2010.
Mute swans (Cygnus olor) backlit next to floating litter in river Avon, Bristol, UK  -  Michael Hutchinson
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Michael Hutchinson / Mute swans (Cygnus olor) backlit next to floating litter in river Avon, Bristol, UK
Cows and vultures scavenging on a landfill site, Mannjai Kunda rubbish dump, The Gambia, 2008  -  Tom Gilks
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Tom Gilks / Cows and vultures scavenging on a landfill site, Mannjai Kunda rubbish dump, The Gambia, 2008
Cassava growing next to rubbish tip on fire, Kololi, The Gambia, 2008  -  Tom Gilks
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Tom Gilks / Cassava growing next to rubbish tip on fire, Kololi, The Gambia, 2008
Gambian girl searching for aluminium scrap, Mannjai Kunda rubbish dump, The Gambia, 2008  -  Tom Gilks
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Tom Gilks / Gambian girl searching for aluminium scrap, Mannjai Kunda rubbish dump, The Gambia, 2008
European Larch (Larix decidua) with destruction due to acid rain, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy, November 2008  -  Wild Wonders of Europe / E Haarberg
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Wild Wonders of Europe / E Haarberg / European Larch (Larix decidua) with destruction due to acid rain, Gran Paradiso National Park, Italy, November 2008
Abandoned burned out car in Bluebell Wood, Surrey, UK  -  Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Abandoned burned out car in Bluebell Wood, Surrey, UK
Lost fishing net entangled in coral reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Lost fishing net entangled in coral reef, Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Polluting steelwork factory, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, November 2008  -  David Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Polluting steelwork factory, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, November 2008
Plastic bottles and other debris washed up on beach. Gubal Island, Egypt, Red Sea.  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Plastic bottles and other debris washed up on beach. Gubal Island, Egypt, Red Sea.
Polluted water and slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 2008  -  David Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Polluted water and slum, Dhaka, Bangladesh, November 2008
Illegal fly-tipping in Beech (Fagus) woodland in spring. Surrey, England, UK  -  Adrian Davies
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Adrian Davies / Illegal fly-tipping in Beech (Fagus) woodland in spring. Surrey, England, UK
Plastic bottles and other pollutants floating on the surface, Lake of Geneva, France. March 2008.  -  Laurent Geslin
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Laurent Geslin / Plastic bottles and other pollutants floating on the surface, Lake of Geneva, France. March 2008.
Underwater view of a message in a bottle floating on water surface.  -  David Fleetham
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David Fleetham / Underwater view of a message in a bottle floating on water surface.
Slickbar oil booms on the beach at Grand Isle, used in the clean up and containment of hazardous oil, from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. USA, July...  -  Gerrit Vyn
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Gerrit Vyn / Slickbar oil booms on the beach at Grand Isle, used in the clean up and containment of hazardous oil, from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. USA, July...
Aerial view of an oil covered island and displaced oil containment boom in the Barataria Bay area of the Mississippi River delta, contaminated as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the G...  -  Gerrit Vyn
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Gerrit Vyn / Aerial view of an oil covered island and displaced oil containment boom in the Barataria Bay area of the Mississippi River delta, contaminated as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the G...
Plastic bag floating in the sea, resembling a jellyfish swimming  Dangerous to sea turtles  -  Sue Daly
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Sue Daly / Plastic bag floating in the sea, resembling a jellyfish swimming Dangerous to sea turtles
Litter on Greta beach, East Coast, Christmas Island National Park, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, Australian Territory  -  Ingo Arndt
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Ingo Arndt / Litter on Greta beach, East Coast, Christmas Island National Park, Christmas Island, Indian Ocean, Australian Territory
Gas power station at Yakutsk in winter. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia, 1999.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Gas power station at Yakutsk in winter. Yakutia, Siberia, Russia, 1999.
Rubbish floating in river, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2010  -  Pete Oxford
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Pete Oxford / Rubbish floating in river, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, July 2010
Rubbish along the streets and around buildings in Dongsheng in Inner Mongolia, China. March 2009  -  Visuals Unlimited
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Visuals Unlimited / Rubbish along the streets and around buildings in Dongsheng in Inner Mongolia, China. March 2009
Coastal pollution, Philippines, May 2006  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Coastal pollution, Philippines, May 2006
Air pollution from smoke from industrial chimney. Belgium, March.  -  Philippe Clement
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Philippe Clement / Air pollution from smoke from industrial chimney. Belgium, March.
Coal fired power station in the town of Anadyr, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, 2010  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Coal fired power station in the town of Anadyr, Chukotka, Siberia, Russia, 2010
Plastic bags floating at the surface of the sea. Bunaken National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.  -  Georgette Douwma
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Georgette Douwma / Plastic bags floating at the surface of the sea. Bunaken National Park, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Foam caused by pollution in the Grand Union canal at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK  -  Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Foam caused by pollution in the Grand Union canal at Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, UK
Polluted tributary of the Li River with town and mountains on the horizon. Yangshuo, Guangxi, China, November 2006.  -  Florian Möllers
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Florian Möllers / Polluted tributary of the Li River with town and mountains on the horizon. Yangshuo, Guangxi, China, November 2006.
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