• A member of the park management overseas visitors entering the Jiuzhaigou park. At peak times, the park will welcome up to 10,000 people a day and 2 million each year. These numbers place huge demands on the the environment around the national park as infrastructure developments increase to cope with the visitor numbers.
  • Against smoggy skies, a man walks his daughter across a busy street in central Kolkata. According to the Delhi-based Center for Science and Environment, "18 out of every 100,000 persons in Kolkata fall victim to lung cancer annually. Seven out of 10 people in Kolkata are afflicted with some form of respiratory ailment. Also the percentage of children suffering from upper respiratory infections, cough, wheezing and eye irritation is increasing in direct proportion to the increasing concentration of PM10 [particle pollution]."  India. November, 2013
  • Prayer flags are attached to trees in the forests in the mountains of Jiuzhagou. The relationship between the local Tibetan people and the natural environment is a close one and traditionally has been one of balance. The name Jiuzhaigou translates as Nine Village Valley, relating to the nine Tibetan villages which are located within the valleys of the park.
  • A local Tibetan woman in the Zharu valley, which is off-limits to most tourists except those on eco-tours. The relationship between the local Tibetan people and the natural environment is a close one and traditionally has been one of balance. The name Jiuzhaigou translates as Nine Village Valley, referring to the nine Tibetan villages which are located within the valleys of the park.
  • Prayer flags are attached to trees in the forests in the mountains of Jiuzhagou. The relationship between the local Tibetan people and the natural environment is a close one and traditionally has been one of balance. The name Jiuzhaigou translates as Nine Village Valley, relating to the nine Tibetan villages which are located within the valleys of the park.
  • A farmer drains the blood from a slaughtered goat recently killed in Hebei Province, China.
  • A farmer on his land which is suffering as a result of lack of water in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A tourist playing the sand dunes of Tianmo near Beijing in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • Fortifications aimed at preventing the movement of sand dunes in Hebei Province, China.. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A horse walks across a desert in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A farmer walking home in his village that is suffering from desertification in Hebei Province, China.  Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A farmer takes a break from working in his field in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A man in a rural village in Hebei Province, China.
  • A woman, who runs a hotel catering for tourists visiting the local sand dunes, hugs her young child in Hebei Province, China.
  • A young child stands in a field in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A farmer takes a break with her child whilst working their fields in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A farmer working in her dry field near Tianmo desert in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • Farmers working on their dry farmland in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A spade being carried by a farmer in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • A recently skinned goat hanging outside of a farmhouse near the Tianmo desert in Hebei Province, China.
  • A farmer takes a break from working his land which is next to a wind turbine farm in Hebei Province, China.
  • A young boy and girl play in a dune-buggy next to a reservoir that has dropped in level due to a recent drought, in Hebei Province, China.
  • A farmer on her land which is suffering as a result of lack of water in Hebei Province, China. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
  • Tourists stand next to a reservoir that supplies drinking water to the nearby capital Beijing, in Hebei Province, China. The level of the reservoir has dropped dramatically in recent years according to local residents. A nationwide drought has gripped the country in recent months and years. Desertification is the process by which fertile land becomes desert, typically as a result of drought, deforestation, or inappropriate agriculture. 41 % of China's landmass in classified as arid or desert. Inappropriate farming methods and over cultivation have contributed to the spreading of deserts in China in recent years.
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