The decade in pictures: Environment

By Antony Bennison, Photo Editor, MSN UK REUTERS/Andres Stapff
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January 21, 2000

Our planet has always entertained wild weather, but during the last 10 years two factors placed the relationship between climate and the human race under a new level of scrutiny. See gallery

Various stages of a total lunar eclipse are seen in a multiple exposure taken near the tower of the Oceanographic Museum in Montevideo, Uruguay.

AP Photo/US Forest Service, John McColgan
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August 6, 2000

A pair of cow elk stand in a river as flames light up the hillside behind them, near Sula in US state of Montana. Fire behaviour analyst John McColgan took the photo from a bridge over the Bitterroot River.

REUTERS//Russell Boyce
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October 30, 2000

A woman struggles under her umbrella on her way to work in gale force winds and rain in East London. The worst storm of the year lashed Britain with driving rain and gale force winds, killing at least one person and causing transport chaos.

Press Association Images
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November 10, 2000

Prime Minister Tony Blair during his visit to flood-hit Gloucester, leaving Mrs Pauline Danter's house in West End Parade.

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January 16, 2001

Hounds wait to be unloaded from their van at the start of a day's hunting near Morpeth in Northumberland. Thousands of hunt supporters held demonstrations all over the country on the day that MPs voted on the bill to ban hunting with dogs.

David Cheskin/Press Association Images
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March 3, 2001

A dead cow is added to pile of carcasses due to be burned at Netherplace Farm in Lockerbie, Scotland, in an attempt to stop the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.

David Cheskin/Press Association Images
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March 4, 2001

A pyre containing livestock continues to burn on Netherplace Farm in Lockerbie, Scotland.

REUTERS/David Gray
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May 21, 2001

A South American cotton-top tamarin looks up to its keeper during feeding time for the group of four endangered animals at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. Among the the smallest of primates, the tamarins' habitat in the Amazonian region of South America was threatened by logging and the clearing of the forests for farming. However the zoo successfully bred a tamarin to assist in the animal's survival.

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July 22, 2001

A view of an eruption at Mount Etna's crater, sending lava and rocks on to the island of Sicily.

REUTERS/Michael Dalder
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August 22, 2002

Lightning is seen over the city of Dresden in Germany. Weather experts predicted thunderstorms and rain over the area one week after the rain-swollen river spilled its banks into several more towns of eastern Germany, wrecking roads and railways and forcing thousands of people to flee to higher ground.

David Jones/Press Association Images
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September 23, 2002

Pat Battison clears up the remains of her chimney outside her home in Clarendon Road in Bloxwich, near the epicentre of the largest earthquake to hit Britain for 10 years. The quake, which measured 4.8 on the Richter scale, hit at 12.54am and the aftershock, which measured 2.7, struck at 4.32am with the epicentres of both tremors being right under the city of Birmingham.

REUTERS/David Gray
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September 26, 2002

Cathy and Harriet Finlayson walk around the perimeter of their dried-up pond on their drought-ridden property, where little rain has fallen in the past few years, near the township of Brewarrina, located over 800 kilometres (497 miles) north west of Sydney. The second-generation farmer's once green paddocks had been transformed into sun-cracked wasteland, while thousands of sheep had been sold or were dying.

AP Photo/Asahi Shimbun, Tetsuji Asano
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October 4, 2002

A diver gazes at a giant jellyfish, identified as stomolophus nomurai, more than three feet wide in diameter, drifting in the waters off Echizen in Fukui prefecture (state) in the central coast of Japan.

REUTERS/Mike Segar
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November 14, 2002

Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen is surrounded by protesters from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) on the catwalk during the 2002 "Victoria's Secret" fashion show in New York City.

REUTERS/Jason Reed
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December 5, 2002

A resident of the semi-rural town of Glenorie, north of Sydney tries using her garden hose in an attempt to stop bushfires from damaging her home. Thick black smoke billowed over Sydney for several days as dozens of fierce bushfires roared through semi-rural suburbs of Australia's largest city, destroying at least 20 homes, and leaving one man dead.

REUTERS/China Photo
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April 25, 2003

A Chinese model wears a mask at a bridal fashion show in Wuhan, the capital of China's Hubei province. At this point in the decade, more than half of the world's cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) had occurred in China, where official statistics showed that 122 people had died and 2,750 had been infected by the disease.

REUTERS/Holger Otto
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June 23, 2004

A tornado forms in the sky above Aken some 150 kilometres south of Berlin.

AP Photo/Karim Khamzin
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December 26, 2004

A street is littered with damaged vehicles and debris after the area was hit by tidal waves at Patong beach in Phuket, Thailand. The most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered a tsunami that slammed into coastlines across Asia, killing more than 3,000 people in Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Malaysia and Thailand.

REUTERS/Arko Datta
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December 27, 2004

In the aftermath of the tsunami, a man reacts next to a building in Cuddalore, 180 km (112 miles) south of the southern Indian city of Madras.

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June 24, 2005

A rainbow appears as a Chinese man uses a boat to move in a flooded street in Wuzhou city, in south west China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. China evacuated 100,000 residents of a southern city to escape a swollen river in one of three provinces where heavy rains triggered landslides and floods, killing more than 44 people.

AP Photo/Pat Sullivan
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September 2, 2005

The floor of Houston's Astrodome is covered with cots and evacuees in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

REUTERS/Robert Galbraith
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September 4, 2005

A man clings to the top of a vehicle before being rescued by the US Coast Guard from the flooded streets of New Orleans in Louisiana, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

REUTERS/Lee Celano
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September 5, 2005

Eric Leese sits on a couch in his flooded living room in Metairie, outside New Orleans, in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

REUTERS/Carlos Barria
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September 13, 2005

Hurricane Katrina holdout Joshua Creek sits on the porch of his house in front of the Memorial Medical Centre of New Orleans.

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April 7, 2006

Three weeks old Bonobo baby Luebo is ruffled by his mother Lisala in a zoo in Wuppertal, Germany.

REUTERS/Pawan Kumar
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June 30, 2006

A mouse rides on the back of a frog in floodwaters in the northern Indian city of Lucknow.

REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo
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August 19, 2006

Lava cascades down the slope of Mayon volcano near Legazpi City, south of Manila.

Matthew Fearn/Press Association Images
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September 11, 2006

Mist and pollution hang over Tower 42 (centre) and St Mary's Axe (right) in the City of London.

REUTERS/Altor Musema/ International Gorilla Conservation Programme, Goma
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August 10, 2007

Officials look at four dead mountain gorillas that were illegally killed in the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the week of July 26, 2007. The silverback male and three females were shot in the southern sector of the park, which contains more than a fifth of the world's population of 700 mountain gorillas, according to World Wildlife Fund.

REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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October 23, 2007

A bicycle burns on an unattended property near Del Dios Highway in the Rancho Santa Fe area of San Diego, California. Wildfires stoked by fierce winds burned unchecked across Southern California for several days.

Gareth Fuller/Press Association Images
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May 11, 2008

Sunbathers enjoy unseasonably warm weather in Brighton, East Sussex.

AP Photo/Lori Mehmen
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June 10, 2008

A huge tornado funnel cloud touches down in Orchard, Iowa. The Globe Gazette and Mitchell County Press News reported that Lori Mehmen of Orchard, took the photo from outside her front door. Mehmen said the funnel cloud came near the ground and then went back up into the clouds. Besides tree and crop damage, no human injuries were reported.

AP Photo/Eric Gay
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September 15, 2008

Fish remain stuck in a fence as flood waters caused by Hurricane Ike recede, in West Orange, Texas.

REUTERS/Carlos Gutierrez
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May 2, 2008

Lightning bolts appear above and around the Chaiten volcano in southern Chile, as seen from Chana, some 30 kms (19 miles) north of the volcano, as it begins its first eruption in thousands of years.

REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad
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April 27, 2009

Airport staff at Kuala Lumpar International Airport wear masks as they wait for the arrival of a flight from Los Angeles through Taipei to screen passengers for possible infection of swine flu.

AP Photo/Rick Rycroft
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September 23, 2009

The Sydney Harbour Bridge is cloaked in dust as as dust clouds blanket much of Sydney in Australia's New South Wales state. Flights were diverted as a blanket of red dust shrouded most of Sydney after a weather system moved in from central Australia.