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 image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Carpets of tulip fields in Den Helder, The Netherlands. For more photos and vide" - 2028675533672721141
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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen | Carpets of tulip fields in Den Helder, The Netherlands. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen and @mmuheisenpublic

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Video by Matthieu Paley @paleyphoto | Heavy smog veils the downtown area of Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. From the United States and Germany to India and China, air pollution cuts short an estimated seven million lives globally every year, according to the World Health Organization. In winter, coal stoves and power plants regularly choke Ulaanbaatar with smoke—and lung disease. The smell is acrid and inescapable. This winter authorities closed the capital’s schools for two full months, from mid-December to mid-February, in a desperate attempt to shield children from the toxic air. It’s unclear how effective that measure is. On bad days, handheld pollution monitors max out, as readings soar dozens of times beyond recommended limits. Levels of the tiniest and most dangerous airborne particles, known as PM2.5, once hit 133 times the World Health Organization’s suggested maximum. This video is part of a story I recently shot for @natgeo cities issue. Please visit my profile @paleyphoto for a link to the story. #mongolia #fossilfuel

 image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | It's the end for a male red lechwe. It's a remarkable thing that lions can ca" - 2028586039429666595
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Photo by Beverly Joubert @beverlyjoubert | It's the end for a male red lechwe. It's a remarkable thing that lions can catch an antelope that is so well adapted to water and can run through swamps at enormous speed. However, the Okavango lions won't waste unnecessary energy and know exactly when they have the best chance. The sharp crack of horn against horn echoing across the plains lets the lions know that there are lechwe fighting for dominance, territory, and a female herd. These territorial disputes are so intense that the lechwe tend to forget everything except their immediate opponent—and often don't see a sneaking lion until it's too late. #TsaroPride

 image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | In the fog, Bear Island looks mysterious and prehistoric. Bear Island is located in " - 2028493091237676246
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Photo by Ira Block @irablockphoto | In the fog, Bear Island looks mysterious and prehistoric. Bear Island is located in Norway's Svalbard Archipelago, 235 kilometers (146 miles) south of Spitsbergen. Uninhabited, except for a weather station, it is home to many breeding and migratory sea birds. @irablockphoto to see more images of the world. @thephotosociety #norway #svalbard

 image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | Why do you climb? Answering that age-old question "Why risk it all for mountains?"" - 2028328525422296224
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Photo by Renan Ozturk @renan_ozturk | Why do you climb? Answering that age-old question "Why risk it all for mountains?" is so hard. Climbing recently with Necdet Turhan, Turkey’s first blind climber to do five summits on five continents, all without the visual payoff, gave me a deeper appreciation of the full sensory experience of why we love to be in the mountains—and how to approach that question in a more complete way. See @renan_ozturk for more images from this story and mountain experiences on the fringe.

 image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by Martin Schoeller @martinschoeller | From an interview series I did with New York City religious leaders. This i" - 2028252525572825018
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Photo by Martin Schoeller @martinschoeller | From an interview series I did with New York City religious leaders. This is Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf. Religion: Sufi Islam. "We are created by God from a little bit of God's own essence. In Christianity, Judaism, and Islam we believe that the human being was created in the divine image. We are God's representatives on Earth. So when you think of yourself that way, then you have a much, much greater responsibility. God did not send Jesus’s religion. God did not send Moses with a different religion. He didn’t send everybody with a different religion. No, they all came to teach about the same God. It's one religion. Muhammad, Jesus, and Moses are like regional managers. It's God's religion, all of them are ... Jesus didn't come to preach Christianity, he came to teach the children of Israel how to remember God better. He was a Jewish revivalist. Same with Muhammad; he didn't come to change to a new religion. He came to remind people what God was telling us all along. We are the ones who have created different religions. Prophets came to teach the one religion–how to worship God, to love God and to love each other." For more pictures and stories, follow me @martinschoeller

 image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Rahima Begum holds her one-day-old baby inside a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She had bee" - 2028177425049687546
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Photo by Ami Vitale @amivitale | Rahima Begum holds her one-day-old baby inside a slum in Dhaka, Bangladesh. She had been displaced because of rising waters and a changing climate and forced to migrate to Dhaka. Bangladesh is among the most densely populated countries in the world; 28,000 people live in each square kilometer in the capital of Dhaka. The slum has no permanent sanitation or sewage facilities. As sea levels and temperatures rise, bringing greater and more destructive storms and droughts, there is increasing awareness of climate refugees, whose numbers could far surpass refugees driven by conflict. Currently there are no legal protections for those displaced by climate, and the penalty for inaction on climate change grows more severe every year. It will be felt most by those who least contribute to global warming. To learn more, follow @friendshipngo @amivitale and others working on the front lines. @everydayrefugees

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Photos by Tim Laman @timlaman | Birds of paradise have a reason to celebrate this year on Earth Day: the Province of West Papua, where 16 of the 40 birds of paradise are found, has declared its commitment to set aside 70% of the land as protected forest! Swipe to see four of the species found only in West Papua, Indonesia: Vogelkop superb, red, Wilson’s, and western parotia. See more @TimLaman as we celebrate this Earth Day! Birds of paradise are the global ambassadors for conservation of the forests of Papua. #papua #Indonesia @BirdsofParadiseProject

 image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by @BrianSkerry // Sponsored by @makersmark // A leatherback turtle hatchling crawls toward the sea at sunset, aft" - 2027896661518521492
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Photo by @BrianSkerry // Sponsored by @makersmark // A leatherback turtle hatchling crawls toward the sea at sunset, after digging out of its nest at the Sandy Point National Wildlife Refuge in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. I spent weeks here, photographing female leatherbacks emerging from the night ocean, and I vividly recall the primordial sound of their breathing as they labored to dig their nests. Hatchlings appear about 60 days later. This species’ lineage is older than dinosaurs, dating back 100 million years. They once crawled from the sea and saw T. rex. Today, in some locations, they see condominiums. // This Earth Day, @makersmark is on a mission to remove 75,000 pounds of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways. Explore to join a cleanup near you and help create change. Because without water there could be no life on Earth. And no bourbon. Maker’s Mark should be enjoyed by adults of legal purchase age for alcohol. MADE WITH CARE. SIP WITH CARE.™ Bourbon 45%abv. Maker’s Mark Distillery, Loretto, KY.

 image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by @ronan_donovan // Sponsored by @makersmark // Strong winds carry fresh snow over the top of a giant tabular ice" - 2027823053907557391
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Photo by @ronan_donovan // Sponsored by @makersmark // Strong winds carry fresh snow over the top of a giant tabular iceberg off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. Antarctica is the windiest, driest, and coldest continent on this planet. What’s fascinating is that the White Continent is also surrounded by some of the most productive waters on Earth. These waters provide nutrients to the rest of the Earth’s oceans. Every continent is connected to the others through the global ecosystem we are all part of. Yet we are changing Antarctica at an unprecedented rate as a result of our carbon emissions. Let’s celebrate the Earth today for all the bounty it has provided and remember that we all need to protect it. // This Earth Day, @makersmark is on a mission to remove 75,000 pounds of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways. Explore to join a cleanup near you and help create change. Because without water there could be no life on Earth. And no bourbon. Maker’s Mark should be enjoyed by adults of legal purchase age for alcohol. MADE WITH CARE. SIP WITH CARE.™ Bourbon 45%abv. Maker’s Mark Distillery, Loretto, KY.

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See the world through a hummingbird’s eyes and swing through the jungle canopy with an orangutan. The team captures the heights that jungle animals must conquer to survive. Watch Mondays 9/8c on National Geographic.

 image by National Geographic (@natgeo) with caption : "Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Sponsored by @makersmark // Like a veil of molten gold, the early evening light bathes " - 2027746850417531727
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Photo by @cristinamittermeier // Sponsored by @makersmark // Like a veil of molten gold, the early evening light bathes a lone humpback whale as it feeds in the krill-rich waters off the Antarctic Peninsula. During an assignment for National Geographic, we saw hundreds, if not thousands, of humpback whales. These beautiful cetaceans have made an amazing comeback after having been hunted to the very verge of extinction during the whaling era. No matter how many times I see them, I am always thrilled to know they are still out there. // This Earth Day, @makersmark is on a mission to remove 75,000 pounds of trash from the world’s oceans and waterways. Explore to join a cleanup near you and help create change. Because without water there could be no life on Earth. And no bourbon. Maker’s Mark should be enjoyed by adults of legal purchase age for alcohol. MADE WITH CARE. SIP WITH CARE.™ Bourbon 45%abv. Maker’s Mark Distillery, Loretto, KY.