More pictures of the beautiful, painful and delicate place we call planet earth.

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Smoke rises out of factories in Thailand's Chonburi province. Sukree Sukplang/REUTERS

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Climate activists Lesley Butler and Rob Bell sunbathe on the edge of a frozen fjord in the Norwegian Arctic town of Longyearbyen. Francois Lenoir/REUTERS

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An aerial view shows a cleared forest area under development as a palm oil plantation by palm oil companies in the Ketapang district of Indonesia's West Kalimantan province July 5, 2010. The photograph was taken as part of a media trip organised by conservationist group Greenpeace, which has campaigned against palm oil expansion in forested areas in Indonesia. Documents written between 2008 and January 2010 and sent between lobbyists, scientists and high-ranking European civil servants, released after Reuters invoked transparency laws, exposed a huge rift in Brussels over biofuels policy and also undermined Europe's ambition of using alternative fuels to wean the continent off oil by showing how vested interests have influenced the science behind a cornerstone of the continent's clean energy policy. Crack Palinggi/REUTERS

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Nineteen month-old Lilly picks daffodils in St James's Park in central London. Andrew Winning/REUTERS

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A member of an emergency services special unit fires a shell towards the upper slopes to clear snow buildup above the Transcaucasian highway. Kazbek Basayev/REUTERS

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A sign reads No Evacuation Possible on a building in Newbury. Brian Snyder/REUTERS

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Wind patterns are left in the ice pack that covers the Arctic Ocean north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. Lucas Jackson/REUTERS

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A worker looks at a photographer from a door of a factory manufacturing screws and nuts next to a polluted river in Jiaxing. Stringer China/REUTERS

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Dead fish lies on cracked earth of La Sorrueda reservoir at Spain's Canary island of Gran Canaria. BORJA SUAREZ/REUTERS

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A sheepdog sits among ruins of the village of Esco near the Yesa reservoir in Aragon. Vincent West/REUTERS

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Worker picks giant tecolote ranunculus flowers by hand at the Flower Fields in Carlsbad, California. Mike Blake/REUTERS

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An Albanian boy walks next to the shore of the beach in the city of Durres. Arben Celi/REUTERS

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A leaf of unidentified plant is seen in Lviv. Gleb Garanich/REUTERS

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An aerial view of the Isiboro Secure indigenous territory and national park (TIPNIS) in Beni. David Mercado/REUTERS

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People visit the public swimming pool Schoenbrunner Bad in Vienna. Lisi Niesner/REUTERS

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A dead Guanay Cormorant bird lies on Cerro Azul beach in Canete, Lima. Mariana Bazo/REUTERS

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Popocatepetl volcano spews a cloud of ash and steam high into the air in Puebla. STRINGER Mexico/REUTERS

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An annular solar eclipse is seen at Hirai Daini Elementary School in Tokyo. Issei Kato/REUTERS

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A helicopter makes an approach to a base in Kunar Province in eastern Afghanistan. TIM WIMBORNE/REUTERS

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The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, in the midst of their ICESCAPE mission, retrieves supplies dropped by parachute in the Arctic Ocean. NASA NASA/REUTERS

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A rainbow arches over Hong Kong's Victoria Harbour. Bobby Yip/REUTERS

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A man takes a picture of the city skyline after a rain storm in Toronto. Mark Blinch/REUTERS

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Mount Etna spews volcanic ash during an eruption on the southern Italian island of Sicily. STRINGER Italy/REUTERS

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A frozen river is seen next to a group of houses located on the outskirts of the Mongolian capital city of Ulan Bator. David Gray/REUTERS

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A bee collects pollen from a red rose at a public park in Amman. Ali Jarekji/REUTERS

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Handout photo shows trees in the DuPont State Recreational Forest in North Carolina. Handout ./REUTERS

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An abandoned building stands in the middle of ploughed fields on the outskirts of Venice. David Gray/REUTERS

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A view of an illegal oil refinery is seen along the Ekulama creek outside the oil hub city Port Harcourt in Nigeria's Delta region. Akintunde Akinleye/REUTERS

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Rain clouds gather over the city of Sao Paulo. STRINGER Brazil/REUTERS

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Officials from the local Water Conservancy Bureau in Minqin County. Stringer Shanghai/REUTERS

Oct 01, 2012