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Pictures of the year: Environment

<p>Boys look at the eruption of Mount Merapi volcano in Manisrenggo village, in the Klaten district of Indonesia's central Java province November 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Andry Prasetyo </p>

Boys look at the eruption of Mount Merapi volcano in Manisrenggo village, in the Klaten district of Indonesia's central Java province November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Andry Prasetyo

Boys look at the eruption of Mount Merapi volcano in Manisrenggo village, in the Klaten district of Indonesia's central Java province November 10, 2010. REUTERS/Andry Prasetyo

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<p>Emergency workers look at a railway bridge destroyed by floods from Poprad river near Nowy Sacz, Poland June 5, 2010.  REUTERS/Agencja Gazeta/Jakub Ociepa </p>

Emergency workers look at a railway bridge destroyed by floods from Poprad river near Nowy Sacz, Poland June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Agencja Gazeta/Jakub Ociepa

Emergency workers look at a railway bridge destroyed by floods from Poprad river near Nowy Sacz, Poland June 5, 2010. REUTERS/Agencja Gazeta/Jakub Ociepa

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<p>A farmer stands in a field of blossoming cabbage plants in Thuong Hoi village, outside Hanoi November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Kham </p>

A farmer stands in a field of blossoming cabbage plants in Thuong Hoi village, outside Hanoi November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Kham

A farmer stands in a field of blossoming cabbage plants in Thuong Hoi village, outside Hanoi November 28, 2010. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Residents evacuating through flood waters dodge an Army truck carrying relief supplies for flood victims in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province August 11, 2010.  REUTERS/Adrees Latif  </p>

Residents evacuating through flood waters dodge an Army truck carrying relief supplies for flood victims in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Residents evacuating through flood waters dodge an Army truck carrying relief supplies for flood victims in Pakistan's Muzaffargarh district in Punjab province August 11, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>Tibetan monks walk amid sandstorms as they attend a mass prayer for the earthquake victims in the quake-hit Gyegu town of Yushu county, Qinghai province April 19, 2010.  REUTERS/Kevin Zhao </p>

Tibetan monks walk amid sandstorms as they attend a mass prayer for the earthquake victims in the quake-hit Gyegu town of Yushu county, Qinghai province April 19, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Zhao

Tibetan monks walk amid sandstorms as they attend a mass prayer for the earthquake victims in the quake-hit Gyegu town of Yushu county, Qinghai province April 19, 2010. REUTERS/Kevin Zhao

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<p>Greenpeace activists protest with a projection on the cooling tower of Emsland nuclear power plant in Lingen, August 26, 2010, to call on German Chancellor Angela Merkel not to cling to the extension of the operation time of nuclear power plants in Germany. The text reads: 'Nuclear power is a wrong way, Mrs Merkel.' REUTERS/Greenpeace/Fred Dott  </p>

Greenpeace activists protest with a projection on the cooling tower of Emsland nuclear power plant in Lingen, August 26, 2010, to call on German Chancellor Angela Merkel not to cling to the extension of the operation time of nuclear power plants in...more

Greenpeace activists protest with a projection on the cooling tower of Emsland nuclear power plant in Lingen, August 26, 2010, to call on German Chancellor Angela Merkel not to cling to the extension of the operation time of nuclear power plants in Germany. The text reads: 'Nuclear power is a wrong way, Mrs Merkel.' REUTERS/Greenpeace/Fred Dott

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<p>An overall view of a massive fish kill in the Bayou Chaland area of Plaquemines Parish is pictured this handout photograph taken on September 10, 2010 and released on September 14, 2010. The cause of the fish kill has not yet been determined, but the area they were discovered in was impacted by oil from the BP oil spill. Among the fish dead were pogie fish, redfish, shrimp, crabs and freshwater eels. REUTERS/P. J. Hahn/Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management/Handout </p>

An overall view of a massive fish kill in the Bayou Chaland area of Plaquemines Parish is pictured this handout photograph taken on September 10, 2010 and released on September 14, 2010. The cause of the fish kill has not yet been determined, but the...more

An overall view of a massive fish kill in the Bayou Chaland area of Plaquemines Parish is pictured this handout photograph taken on September 10, 2010 and released on September 14, 2010. The cause of the fish kill has not yet been determined, but the area they were discovered in was impacted by oil from the BP oil spill. Among the fish dead were pogie fish, redfish, shrimp, crabs and freshwater eels. REUTERS/P. J. Hahn/Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management/Handout

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<p>A boy walks over soil after a landslide in Bududa, 367 km (228 miles) east of the Ugandan capital Kampala, March 3, 2010. REUTERS/James Akena </p>

A boy walks over soil after a landslide in Bududa, 367 km (228 miles) east of the Ugandan capital Kampala, March 3, 2010. REUTERS/James Akena

A boy walks over soil after a landslide in Bududa, 367 km (228 miles) east of the Ugandan capital Kampala, March 3, 2010. REUTERS/James Akena

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<p>A child sleeps on a couch on a flooded street in Chongqing municipality, China July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Shi Tou </p>

A child sleeps on a couch on a flooded street in Chongqing municipality, China July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Shi Tou

A child sleeps on a couch on a flooded street in Chongqing municipality, China July 20, 2010. REUTERS/Shi Tou

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<p>Lightning flashes over Strip casinos as a thunderstorm passes through the Las Vegas Valley in Las Vegas, Nevada October 19, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Marcus</p>

Lightning flashes over Strip casinos as a thunderstorm passes through the Las Vegas Valley in Las Vegas, Nevada October 19, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

Lightning flashes over Strip casinos as a thunderstorm passes through the Las Vegas Valley in Las Vegas, Nevada October 19, 2010. REUTERS/Steve Marcus

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<p>Rescue workers try to push a humpback whale that had became stranded back out to sea at Geriba beach in Buzios, 192 kilometers (119 miles) from Rio de Janeiro, October 26, 2010. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes </p>

Rescue workers try to push a humpback whale that had became stranded back out to sea at Geriba beach in Buzios, 192 kilometers (119 miles) from Rio de Janeiro, October 26, 2010. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

Rescue workers try to push a humpback whale that had became stranded back out to sea at Geriba beach in Buzios, 192 kilometers (119 miles) from Rio de Janeiro, October 26, 2010. REUTERS/Sergio Moraes

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<p>Residents carry their belongings through a flooded road in Risalpur, located in Nowshera District, in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province July 30, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees Latif </p>

Residents carry their belongings through a flooded road in Risalpur, located in Nowshera District, in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province July 30, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

Residents carry their belongings through a flooded road in Risalpur, located in Nowshera District, in Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province July 30, 2010. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

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<p>A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City May 31, 2010. REUTERS/Casa Presidencial/Handout  </p>

A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City May 31, 2010. REUTERS/Casa Presidencial/Handout

A giant sinkhole caused by the rains of Tropical Storm Agatha is seen in Guatemala City May 31, 2010. REUTERS/Casa Presidencial/Handout

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<p>A child, holding a bread, walks on crates on a flooded street in the Bosa neighborhood in Bogota, Colombia November 18, 2010.  REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez </p>

A child, holding a bread, walks on crates on a flooded street in the Bosa neighborhood in Bogota, Colombia November 18, 2010. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez

A child, holding a bread, walks on crates on a flooded street in the Bosa neighborhood in Bogota, Colombia November 18, 2010. REUTERS/Jose Miguel Gomez

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<p>A man holds a plastic bag with oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill south of Freemason Island, Louisiana May 7, 2010.  REUTERS/Carlos Barria </p>

A man holds a plastic bag with oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill south of Freemason Island, Louisiana May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A man holds a plastic bag with oil from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill south of Freemason Island, Louisiana May 7, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A boat stands stranded at a dried-up area of Caapiranga lake, in Caapiranga in Amazonas state, northern Brazil, in this November 4, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Files   </p>

A boat stands stranded at a dried-up area of Caapiranga lake, in Caapiranga in Amazonas state, northern Brazil, in this November 4, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Files

A boat stands stranded at a dried-up area of Caapiranga lake, in Caapiranga in Amazonas state, northern Brazil, in this November 4, 2010 file photo. REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Files

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<p>A vehicle travels past vegetation along a road covered with volcanic ash in Eyjafjoll May 16, 2010. 
REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson  </p>

A vehicle travels past vegetation along a road covered with volcanic ash in Eyjafjoll May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson

A vehicle travels past vegetation along a road covered with volcanic ash in Eyjafjoll May 16, 2010. REUTERS/Ingolfur Juliusson

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<p>A man in scuba diving gear wades through floodwaters in Saint Mark's Square in Venice December 3, 2010.    REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri  </p>

A man in scuba diving gear wades through floodwaters in Saint Mark's Square in Venice December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

A man in scuba diving gear wades through floodwaters in Saint Mark's Square in Venice December 3, 2010. REUTERS/Manuel Silvestri

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<p>Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in a pine forest in Sausset les pins, near Marseille in southern France, July 25, 2010. Fanned by strong winds, the blaze swept through 900 hectares of pine forest and scrubland in the Marseille region.  REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier  </p>

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in a pine forest in Sausset les pins, near Marseille in southern France, July 25, 2010. Fanned by strong winds, the blaze swept through 900 hectares of pine forest and scrubland in the Marseille region. ...more

Firefighters try to extinguish a fire in a pine forest in Sausset les pins, near Marseille in southern France, July 25, 2010. Fanned by strong winds, the blaze swept through 900 hectares of pine forest and scrubland in the Marseille region. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier

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<p>A resident carrying a birdcage attempts to leave his landslide-hit house in the northeastern Turkish town of Gundogdu in Rize province August 27, 2010. Friday. REUTERS/Osman Orsal </p>

A resident carrying a birdcage attempts to leave his landslide-hit house in the northeastern Turkish town of Gundogdu in Rize province August 27, 2010. Friday. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

A resident carrying a birdcage attempts to leave his landslide-hit house in the northeastern Turkish town of Gundogdu in Rize province August 27, 2010. Friday. REUTERS/Osman Orsal

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<p>Garbage floats on Dong Da lake in Hanoi August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Kham </p>

Garbage floats on Dong Da lake in Hanoi August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Kham

Garbage floats on Dong Da lake in Hanoi August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Kham

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<p>Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul, Iceland April 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson </p>

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul, Iceland April 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Lightning streaks across the sky as lava flows from a volcano in Eyjafjallajokul, Iceland April 17, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

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<p>A Hindu devotee wraps his cloth after a ritual dip in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui </p>

A Hindu devotee wraps his cloth after a ritual dip in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

A Hindu devotee wraps his cloth after a ritual dip in the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi March 21, 2010. REUTERS/Danish Siddiqui

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<p>A tree is covered with freshly-fallen snow in Budapest, November 27. 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo</p>

A tree is covered with freshly-fallen snow in Budapest, November 27. 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

A tree is covered with freshly-fallen snow in Budapest, November 27. 2010. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

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<p>A house kitchen is covered by ash in Cangkringan village off the Indonesia's Central Java province, November 6, 2010. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo</p>

A house kitchen is covered by ash in Cangkringan village off the Indonesia's Central Java province, November 6, 2010. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo

A house kitchen is covered by ash in Cangkringan village off the Indonesia's Central Java province, November 6, 2010. REUTERS/Dwi Oblo

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<p>A woman raises her arms for products as people loot from a destroyed shop after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 16, 2010.   REUTERS/Carlos Barria </p>

A woman raises her arms for products as people loot from a destroyed shop after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A woman raises her arms for products as people loot from a destroyed shop after an earthquake in Port-au-Prince, Haiti January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>An aerial view of a natural lake fed by a spring in the Amazon River basin near Manaus, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Ivan Canabrava</p>

An aerial view of a natural lake fed by a spring in the Amazon River basin near Manaus, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Ivan Canabrava

An aerial view of a natural lake fed by a spring in the Amazon River basin near Manaus, September 30, 2010. REUTERS/Ivan Canabrava

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<p>Rescue workers in a boat pass by a crashed U.N. relief helicopter in Manchar Lake by Lakha village, in a flood-affected area near Dadu district, Pakistan's Sindh province October 2, 2010.  The helicopter crashed early Friday morning, injuring seven people, a U.N. official said.  REUTERS/Athar Hussain</p>

Rescue workers in a boat pass by a crashed U.N. relief helicopter in Manchar Lake by Lakha village, in a flood-affected area near Dadu district, Pakistan's Sindh province October 2, 2010. The helicopter crashed early Friday morning, injuring seven...more

Rescue workers in a boat pass by a crashed U.N. relief helicopter in Manchar Lake by Lakha village, in a flood-affected area near Dadu district, Pakistan's Sindh province October 2, 2010. The helicopter crashed early Friday morning, injuring seven people, a U.N. official said. REUTERS/Athar Hussain

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<p>A child walks past a crack caused by the earthquake in a street in Port-au-Prince January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria</p>

A child walks past a crack caused by the earthquake in a street in Port-au-Prince January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

A child walks past a crack caused by the earthquake in a street in Port-au-Prince January 16, 2010. REUTERS/Carlos Barria

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<p>A hard hat from an oil worker lies in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana June 8, 2010.  REUTERS/Lee Celano </p>

A hard hat from an oil worker lies in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana June 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lee Celano

A hard hat from an oil worker lies in oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on East Grand Terre Island, Louisiana June 8, 2010. REUTERS/Lee Celano

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