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Gannet colony, Eldey island, Iceland (63°44’ N, 22°57’ W).Barrier reef, Queensland, Australia (16°55’ S, 146°03’ E).Islet in the terraced rice fields of Bali, Indonesia (8°30’ S, 115°26’ E).
The Maelifell volcano on the edge of the Myrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland (63°51’ N, 19°13’ W).Center-Pivot irrigation, Ma’an, Jordan (29°36’ N, 35°34’ E).Village of Koh Panyi, Phang Nga Bay, Thailand (8°20’ N, 98°30’ W).
Wind turbines of Banning Pass, near Palm Springs, California, United States (33°55’ N, 116°42’ W).Salmon farm near Mechuque in the Chauques Islands, Chile (42°17’ S, 73°34’ W).Goz Amer Sudanese refugee camps, near the Sudanese border, Chad (12°00’ N, 21°23’ E).
Moshav (co-operative village) farm at Nahalal, Jezrael plain, Israel (32°41’ N, 35°13’ E).The Separation Wall built by Israel in the West Bank (31°50’ N, 35°14’ E).Pink ebony on the Kaw mountain, French Guiana (4°30’ N, 52°00’ W).
Saint-Laurent-Nouan electronuclear power station, Loir-et-Cher, France (47°42’ N, 1°35’ E).Marking in a field of GM maize in Grézet-Cavagnan, Lot et Garonne, France (44°23’ N, 0°07’ E).Salt formations on the west coast of the Dead Sea, Israel (31°20’ N, 35°25’ E).
Kilimandjaro’s disappearing snow, Tanzania (3°04’ S, 37°22’ E).Feedlot near Bakersfield, California, United States (36°19’N, 120°16’ W).Nets used for drying algae, Wando Archipelago, South Korea (34°19’ N, 127°05’ E).
New Palm oil plantation, near Pundu, Borneo, Indonesia (1°59’ S, 113°06’ E).Back from fishing in Kayar, Senegal (14°55’ N, 17°07’ W).Delmas open-air coal mine, Republic of South Africa (26°10
Isolated tree in a eucalyptus plantation, Indonesia (1°54’ S, 112°29’ E).Sanlúcar la Mayor solar thermoelectric power station, near Seville, Andalusia, Spain (37°26’ N, 6°15’W).Mbeubeuss dumpsite in Malika, in Dakar, Senegal (14°48’ N, 17°19’ W).
Market near Surulere in Lagos, Nigeria (6°31’ N, 3°22’ E).Holmsarlon lake near the Myrdalsjökull glacier, Iceland (63°51’ N, 19°53’ W).Louis-Saint-Laurent icebreaker in Resolute Bay, Nunavut Territory, Canada (74°42’ N, 95°18’ W).

Plowing in Hlatikulu, Shiselweni Region, Kingdom of Swaziland (26°56’ S, 31°21’ E).

In southern Swaziland, we find a region where subsistence agriculture is dominant on small plots of land worked by village communities. Populated by a little more than 1 million inhabitants, Swaziland is one of the poorest countries in the world; owning an ox is a sign of tremendous wealth. The waves of prolonged drought and high temperatures during the 2006–7 season devastated the corn crop and resulted in the lowest annual harvest ever recorded, 60 percent lower than the previous year’s. In May 2007, the FAO estimated that 407,000 Swazis were being threatened by famine and that 40,000 T (35,710 t) of food would be needed to meet basic needs. Agriculture produces less than 10 percent of the national wealth, but employs 80 percent of the population. The national economy is undermined by malnutrition and poor access to drinking water, plus the ravages of AIDS (which affects 40 percent of the population). A prolonged major crisis is feared, particularly given that the cost of imported goods is constantly rising and that authorities seem unable to act without international aid and guidance.

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