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JAPAN, Tokyo : Electronic lights are burning in the Tokyo skyline with Mount Fuji seen in the background, 27 December 2002 amid Japanese fears of power shortages. AFP PHOTO / Toshifumi KITAMURA

UNITED STATES, Show Low : Bill and Jennifer Haltom watch as the smoke from the Rodeo fire gets dangerously close to their town of Show Low 22 June 2002. The so-called Rodeo fire – the biggest in Arizona history – lasted three weeks and destroyed 460,000 acres of forest. AFP PHOTO / Daryl WEBB

SPAIN, SANTA MARIA DEL PINAR : A fireman rests near a raging forest fire by the village of Santa Maria del Pinar, near Guadalajara, 18 July 2005. AFP PHOTO / Pedro ARMESTRE

INDIA, Dhemaji : Indian villagers navigate a boat through floodwaters near the village of Bordoloni in Dhemaji district, some 500 km from Guwahati, 27 July 2007. In Dhemaji, the rising waters of the Gai, Jiadhol and Kumotai rivers inundated vast tracts of land. AFP PHOTO / Adek BERRY

INDIA, Morigoan : A farmer waits for rain on his drought hit paddy field in Morigoan, about 50 kms from Guwahati, the capital city of India’s northeastern state of Assam, 09 August 2006. AFP PHOTO

INDIA, Nagapattinam : A female Indian labourer pours water on a sapling as she tends to trees planted in the memory of those who died in the tsunami in Nagapattinam, some 325kms south of Madras, 23 January 2005. AFP PHOTO / Dibyangshu SARKAR

DEMOCRATIC PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF KOREA, Pyongyang : A view of the North Korean capital Pyongyang shows huge steam clouds from coal powered power plants, 24 March 2005. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS

INDONESIA, Jakarta : A worker cleans a polluted canal in Jakarta, 04 October 2006. Most rivers and canals in the city are contaminated by hazardous substances and pathogens. As a result, many people are forced to spend money to buy potable water. AFP PHOTO/Adek BERRY

COSTA RICA, Ostional : Hundreds of turtles crawl up Ostional beach, 350 km northwest of San Jose, on September 26th, 2006. Up to one hundred thousand turtles a day arrive on this beach at this time of the year to lay their eggs. AFP PHOTO / Mayela LOPEZ

FRANCE, Agde : Aerial view taken 04 December 2003, of horses trapped by the floodwaters at Agde following torrential rain in the south-east of France. AFP PHOTO / Gerard JULIEN

SPAIN, Almodovar : Smoke billows from burned trees in Almodovar, south of Portugal, 28 July 2004. The Mediterranean country is chronically hit by fires. AFP PHOTO / Cristina QUICLER

SPAIN, Barcelona : A boat is moored on a dried up lake bed in the "Las Tablas de Daimiel" national park near Ciudad Real, 06 January 2006. AFP PHOTO / Pedro ARMESTRE

SPAIN, Palos de la Frontera : Women work in strawberry plantations 17 February 2006 near a petrochemical plant in Palos de la Frontera, Huelva, southern Spain. AFP PHOTO / Samuel ARANDA

SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO, Beocin : This aerial view shows flooded parts of the city of Beocin (15 km west of Novi Sad), 10 April 2006. AFP PHOTO

INDIA, Hyderabad : An Indian woman carries a pot of drinking water as she walks on the dried up Osman Sagar lake on the outskirts of the capital of the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh Hyderabad, 06 June 2003. AFP PHOTO / Indranil MUKHERJEE

SUDAN, El Fasher : A young Sudanese child is helped with a drink of clean water at the Abu Shouk refugee camp near El Fasher, in Darfur, Sudan, 24 August 2004. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON

ICELAND, Reykjavík : Icebergs break away from the Vatnajökull  glacier and drift towards the sea in July 2006. The Vatnajökull, which can be as thick as 1,000 metres (more than 3,000 feet) and covers 8,300 square kilometres (3,200 square miles), is as large as all other European glaciers put together. AFP PHOTO / Marcel MOCHET

INDIA, Hyderabad : An Indian child plays under a waterfall at Lumbini Water Cascade in Hyderabad, 16 April 2006 amid predictions of a massive heatwave. AFP PHOTO

GREENLAND, Ilulissat (Jakobshavn) : Seagulls stand on an iceberg floating in a fjord near Ilulissat in Greenland, 16 August 2007. AFP PHOTO / Michael KAPPELER

CHINA, Yutian : Cyclists pedal through thick pollution from a factory in Yutian, 100km east of Beijing in China's northwest Hebei province, 18 July 2006. AFP PHOTO / Peter PARKS

CHINA, WUHAN : A worker uses a net to remove all the dead fish, estimated to be over 50,000 kilograms, from the Donghu lake in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province 11 July 2007. China's environment is close to breaking point and the situation is endangering people's lives. AFP PHOTO

CHINA, QINGDAO : People crowd a beach in Qingdao, 28 July 2007, in eastern China's Shandong province, where the yachting events for Beijing's 2008 Olympics will be held. AFP PHOTO

BRAZIL, Sao Paulo : The skyline of Paulista Avenue financial center, with dozens of antennas atop of buildings, is seen covered by a blanket of pollution as heavy clouds approach late afternoon 12 June 2006 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. AFP PHOTO / Mauricio LIMA

CHILE, Talcahuano : A sea lion has a look out of an oil slick, caused by a crack in an undersea oil pipeline of Chile's state owned company ENAP (National Petroleum Company) at San Vicente port, some 500 km south of Santiago, on June 01st, 2007. AFP PHOTO / Carlos ACUNA

CHILE, Santiago : This aerial view shows the city of Santiago choking under a thick layer of smog 10 May 2006 following its driest autumn in three decades. AFP PHOTO / Martin BERNETTI

KENYA, Wajir : A Kenyan pastoralist walks past carcasses in the drought stricken Wajir, north eastern province, Kenya in this 07 February 2006 photo. AFP PHOTO / Tony KARUMBA