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Palm Jumeirah artificial island, Dubai, United Arab Emirates (25°07’ N, 55°08’ E).Iguazu waterfalls, Misiones province, Argentina and Brazil (25°41’ S, 54°26’ W).Cotton harvesting around Banfora, Burkina Faso (10°36’ N, 4°47’ W).
Cattle grazing in the Pantanal, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil (17°36’ S, 57°30’ W).Elephants in a swamp, Okavango delta, Botswana (19°25’ S, 23°14’ E).River channel in the Okavango delta, Botswana (18°58’ S, 22°29’ E).
Rano Kau volcano in Rapa Nui national park, Easter Island, Chile (27°11’ S, 109°26’ W).Residential area, Changping District, Beijing, People’s Republic of China (40°13’ N - 116°13’ E).Glacial rill on the Greenland ice sheet near Nordlit Sermiat, Greenland (61°05’ N – 46°27’ W).
Solar houses in the Vauban ecoquarter in Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany (47°58’ N, 7°50’ E).Herd of reindeer near Ivituut, Greenland (61°05’ N, 46°10’ W).Greenhouses in San Augustin near Almería, Andalusia, Spain (36°42’ N, 2°44’ W).
Oil tanker of society Euronav, Le NAMUR, Ushant, Finistère (48°32’ N, 5°16’ W).The trawler Caraïbes in the Iroise Sea off Ouessant Island, Finistère, France (48°25’ N, 5°05’ W).Lumber yard in Port-Gentil, Ogooué-Maritime Province, Gabon (0°43’ S, 8°47’ E).
Djidji waterfalls, Ivindo National Park, Ogooué-Ivindo province, Gabon (0°01’ N, 12°27’ E).Lumber yard in Port-Gentil, Ogooué-Maritime Province, Gabon (0°43’ S, 8°47’ E).Whale off Port-Gentil, Ogooué-Maritime province, Gabon (0°31’ S, 8°52’ E).
Seta Valley devastated by a fire in August 2007, Island of Euboea, Greece (38°32’ N, 23°56’ E).Well at Pali, Rajasthan, India (25°57’ N, 73°19’ E).Women at a wellnear Khudiala, Rajasthan, India (26°26’ N, 72°40’ E).
Drawings in the courtyard of a house in Khudiala, Rajasthan, India (26°31’N, 72°41’E).The Svartsengi Geothermal Power Plant, the blue lagoon, near Grindavík, Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland (63°53’ N, 22°26’ W).Volcanic chain, Lakagigar, Iceland (64°07’ N, 18°14’ W).
Ulsan shipyard, South Korea (35°32’ N, 129°19’ E).Workers spraying pesticide on a field, Jeju-Do, South Korea (33°27’ N, 126°34’ E).“Sand diggers” boats in Kalaban Koro, outskirts of Bamako, Mali (12°34’ N, 8°02’ W).




Satellite dishes on the roofs of Aleppo, Syria (36°13’ N, 37°10’ E).

Aleppo, one of the oldest towns in the world, has not escaped modernisation. A forest of parabolic antennas picks up television programmes from all over the world, relayed from space by satellites in geostationary orbit, a high orbit 36 000 km above the Earth. Television is now one of the most popular mediums in the world. It is not necessary to know how to read and write to watch a programme. This makes television very accessible. Just over 40% of 20 million Syrians have parabolic antennas, 330 000 own a mobile phone and 77 000 have internet subscriptions (mostly officials). However, the techniques used to process and transmit information (information technology, Internet, telecommunications) are consuming increasingly more electricity. In the past ten years, televisions, decoders and recorders have increased electric consumption and on average, as much energy is needed to cool down a computer as to power it. Also, according to a report by the NGO, Global action Plan, computer servers now produce as much CO2 as international air traffic. In 2008 only 5% of Africans had access to the Internet compared to 73% of North Americans. In a few decades, "information technology" (IT) has become increasingly present in human life and how societies function on a worldwide scale.

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