DEFORESTATION AMAZON, BRAZIL. Vicinitiy Rio Branco. Trees have grown on this land for an estimated 60 million years. Within a few years of the forest being cut down gully erosion has occurred. The top soil will be washed away and the land will remain barren. CDREF00307COCO, BRAZIL. Amazon. Abandoned cattle ranch land is usually left unused. In some places peasant farmers have settled and successfully grown tree fruit crops. CDREF00323TEA ESTATE, INDIA. Nilgiri Hills. Harvesting tea leaves. CDREF00426UNITED KINGDOM - VIOLIN MAKER. Craftsman making a violin in his workshop. The graduation of the plates to the proper thickness along with the cutting of the sound holes and fitting and glueing the bassbar are really the most difficult aspects of violin making. CDREF00582.FUELWOOD, CAMEROON. Mount Oku, Bamenda Highlands. Fuelwood gathered from the forest. Families need to burn wood for cooking and heating. CDREF00220
BOLIVIA - LA PAZ. Laden stalls at a fruit and vegetable market. CDREF00559.ROAD CONSTRUCTION, INDIA. Andhra Pradesh, Rishi Valley. Woman breaking rock to be used for road construction. CDREF00432ACID RAIN - SWEDEN. Vicinity Goteborg, Lake Ovre Bergsjon. A helicopter dumps lime into a dying lake to neutralize the acid which is killing it. Sweden spends 100 million Kroner (about 10 million pounds) per year on such liming. Britain sends to Sweden 10% of the sulphur affecting its forests and lakes. CDREF00552.SAMUEL DAM, BRAZIL. Vicinity Porto Velho. The reservoir extends over 100km and has drowned millions of trees in the Amazon. It is estimated that Brazil could produce 40% of its electricity from the Amazon. CDREF00307ITALY, Po Delta. Crissolo vicinity Saluzzo. Alpine flora growing in meadows near the source of the river Po. Alpine Star (Leontopodium alpinum) - rare plant. CDREF00553.
MANGROVE FOREST, THAILAND. Krabi Province. Since 1960 50% of Thailands Mangrove forests have been destroyed, mostly by shrimp farms. CDREF00235BOLIVIA - LA PAZ. Herbal remedies on sale at a market. CDREF00559.VILLAGE LIFE, BANGLADESH. Mobarakdi village, Matlab district. Woman collecting water from a stream. She uses a coconut shell to scoop water into a jug. If the womans hands are unclean, she may contaminate the water with bacteria shigellae which causes diarrhoea. Diarrhoeal diseases are the main cause of death in Bangladesh and in many developing countries. CDREF00557.GAZA - Portrait of Palestinian boy. CDREF00607.CHILDREN, IVORY COAST. Gbetitapea village, Daloa Town. Children in traditional dress. CDREF00227
DEFORESTATION AMAZON, BRAZIL. Vicinitiy Rio Branco. Trees have grown on this land for an estimated 60 million years. Within a few years of the forest being cut down gully erosion has occurred. The top soil will be washed away and the land will remain barren. CDREF00307
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