On World Environment Day, Here's A Look At The Damage Man Has Done To The Only Planet With Life

Man has caused more damage to the environment in the last hundred years than in the centuries before. From pollution from the automobiles to oil spills in the oceans, man’s greed and apparent scientific  Environment Day:

1.  A man prepares to cast a fishing net into the polluted waters of river Yamuna in the northern Indian city of Agra, with the historic Taj Mahal monument in the background . 

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2. A girl carries water as she walks on a pipe in a polluted slum area in Mumbai.

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3. A Hindu devotee worships in the polluted waters of the river Yamuna during the Hindu festival of Chatt Puja in New Delhi.

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4. Idols of Hindu god and goddess that were immersed during the Durga Puja festival are pictured on the polluted banks of the river Ganga in Kolkata. In recent years, the religious festivals and customs in India have come under increasing scrutiny as public awareness of environmental issues grows.

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  • 5. A man looks out of his auto rickshaw as he drives through foam overflowing from a drain outside a factory, in Ahmedabad.

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    6. A scavenger, surrounded by a flock of Greater Adjutant birds, collects plastic for recycling at a dump site in Guwahati.

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    7. Residents hold plastic hoses as they fetch water from a government-run water tanker in Masurdi village, in Latur.

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    8. A labourer drinks water as smokes rise from a chimney of a brick factory at Togga village on the outskirts of Chandigarh. India has set a goal for slowing the growth of its greenhouse gas emissions.

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    10. Residents use an improvised raft to cross a polluted water canal at a slum in Mumbai.

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    11. Toxic froth from the polluted Bellandur Lake is blown into the air by wind in Bengaluru, India.

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    12. A man sleeps under the shade of a tree on a hot summer day at a public park in New Delhi, India. Soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave. 

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    13. A man paddles his cycle amidst smoke billowing from burning paddy waste stubble in a field on the outskirts of Amritsar, India. 

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    14. The Singapore Flyer is pictured on a hazy day. The Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit an alarming 111 on the day. 

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    15. A boy watches burning debris at a garbage dump in Tondo, Metro Manila. 

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    16. Containers fall from the deck of damaged cargo ship MSC Chitra in the Arabian Sea off the Mumbai coast. Teams from the Navy and the Coast Guard attempted to contain the oil spill off the coast of Mumbai after a collision between two cargo ships.

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    17. A fisherman collects spilled crude oil at the Pantai Teluk Penyu in Cilacap, Indonesia’s Central Java province.

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    18. General view of downtown Shanghai on a hazy night January. China’s pollution crisis has inspired an environmental regulator in a smog-blanketed northern province to write a novel whose extracts have gone viral online.

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    19. A residential compound is seen during a smoggy day in Wujiaqu, Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region.

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    20. A helicopter drops water on to a forest fire near Pitlochry, Scotland, Britain.

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    21. An elderly man exercises in the morning as he faces chimneys emitting smoke behind buildings across the Songhua river in Jilin, China.

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    22. Smoke billows from a controlled burn of spilled oil off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico coast line. Millions of gallons of oil poured into the Gulf after an explosion on an offshore rig killed 11 workers and ruptured a deep-sea oil well.

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    23. A journalist takes a sample of the red polluted water in the Jianhe River in Luoyang, Henan province in China. According to local media, the sources of the pollution are two illegal chemical plants discharging their production waste water into the rain sewer pipes.

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    24. Dead fish are seen at the Rodrigo de Freitas lagoon in Rio de Janeiro. About 65 tonnes of fish have been removed from the lagoon after oxygen levels dropped due to pollution, according to local media.

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    25. A dead fish is seen at a dried-up reservoir on the outskirts of Yingtan, Jiangsi province in China. Water shortages are on the rise — stemming from soaring demand, growing populations, rising living standards and changing diets. A lack of supply is compounded by pollution and climate change.

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    26. Icebergs are seen floating in Harlequin Lake near Yakutat, in southeastern Alaska.

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    27. Ice melts on the Aletsch Glacier in Fiesch, Switzerland. One of Europe’s biggest glaciers, the Great Aletsch coils 23 km (14 miles) through the Swiss Alps – and yet this mighty river of ice could almost vanish in the lifetimes of people born today because of climate change. The glacier, 900 metres (2,950 feet) thick at one point, has retreated about 3 km (1.9 miles) since 1870 and that pace is quickening.

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    28. Lines of cars are pictured during a rush hour traffic jam on Guomao Bridge in Beijing. Eight more cities in China, the world’s biggest auto market, are likely to announce policies restricting new vehicle purchases, an official at the automakers association said, as Beijing tries to control air pollution.

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    29. CD players for recycling are seen at a workshop in the township of Guiyu in China’s southern Guangdong province. China now produces 6.1 million metric tonnes of e-waste a year, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, second only to the U.S with 7.2 million tonnes.

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    30. A view from the AirParif Generali balloon shows the Eiffel Tower through a small-particle haze as air pollution levels rise in Paris, France.

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    31. A social activist shows his painted back as he takes part in an environment awareness program in Chandigarh. 

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    With Inputs Reuters

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