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  • Gallery: Tiger skin costumes at Litang Horse Festival, Sichuan Province, August 2005

    10 October 2013

    The trade in tiger and leopard skins in China and the Tibet Autonmous Region (TAR) is seriously threatening the future of the wild tiger. This picture taken by the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) at the Litang Horse Festival in Sichuan Province in August 2005, reveals the enormous market for tiger and leopard skins - much of which is being used for costumes and ceremonial events.

  • Gallery: Stemming the waters of Bangladesh

    10 October 2013

    This tranquil scene of a woman fishing in Bangladesh belies the pressures facing many of the country's rivers. There is a strong misconception that Bangladesh is a country of too much water. Despite having as many as 52 rivers coming from India, local environmentalists complain that Bangladesh has little control over them. Its neighbour, India, has built dams on practically all of them stemming the flow of water to Bangladesh.

  • Gallery: Saving the Albatross

    10 October 2013

    This Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans) is one of 21 albatross species which are threatened with extinction (compared to just three in 1996).

  • Gallery: Retreating mountain glaciers in Bhutan

    10 October 2013

    This satellite image shows the termini of several glaciers in the Himalayan mountains of Bhutan. The glaciers have been receding over the past few decades, and lakes have formed on the surfaces and near the termini of many of the glaciers.

  • Gallery: Making land from bare rock

    10 October 2013

    In the drylands of Eastern Mali (in West Africa), Matias Djiguiba, a Dogon farmer, is growing an impressive array of crops on virtually bare rock.

  • Gallery: Making dung cakes, West Bengal

    10 October 2013

    This Indian woman is one of millions of villagers who collect and make dung cakes for fuel. But many others can now use all their waste organic material to create a smokeless biogas fuel - and have a residue left over for use as fertiliser.

  • Gallery: Living coral: red and yellow sea fan (Acabria sp.) off the coast of Borneo, Malaysia.

    10 October 2013

    Coral reefs are threatened by pollution, destructive fishing practices, coastal development, careless tourism and climate change. Ocean warming is extremely dangerous to coral organisms, which are very sensitive to changes in temperature. Increased water temperatures, which may be linked to global warming, can cause mass coral bleaching. Dissolved carbon dioxide also damages corals.

  • Gallery: High price of dynamite fishing

    10 October 2013

    This fisherman in the Philippines lost part of his arm while carrying out dynamite or 'blast' fishing - one of the most destructive fishing methods, both for the fishers and the marine environment.

  • Gallery: Hawksbill turtle, Seychelles

    10 October 2013

    Feeding head down helps the turtle to probe tight crevices with its beak and break off stubborn pieces of the reef. These medium-sized sea turtles attain about one metre in length and 80 kilogrammes in weight. They are Critically Endangered (IUCN Red List).

  • Gallery: Fuel cell bus

    10 October 2013

    The NEBUS (New Electric Bus), developed by Germany's Daimler Benz - now DaimlerChrysler - is the first fuel cell-powered bus to use hydrogen as the source of fuel. Trials on the use of such buses are now taking place around the world.