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Global Ideas

Through the lens

Join us as we take a look through the lens at some environmental events and moments from around the world over the past week. From beauty to tragedy, the natural world tells its own story.

Seen here, the India Gate monument in New Delhi is shrouded in thick smog. Home to some 18 million people, the country's capital is said to be one of the most polluted places in the world. This week the situation was exacerbated by farmers burning off fields following their summer harvest and smoke from fireworks set off as part of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. A UNICEF report released this week shows  

 

Scotland is famed for its raw beauty, which is arguably most breath-taking, when autumn renders it a sea of brilliant oranges, reds and browns. This picture was taken in the last week of October in St Fillans, a small settlement located in the central Highlands, an area characterised by is rich tapesty of rugged terrain and deep dark, and some might say forbidding, lochs.

 

Two living dogs sniff around the Cimetiere des Chiens (Cemetery of dogs) grave of Marquise and Tony, the long deceased canines of the late Princess Lobanoff de Rostoff. The zoological graveyard, which was opened in 1899 in the French region of Île-de-France, accommodates some 40,000 animals from its eponymous dogs, to cats, birds, rabbits, hamsters and other rodents. And even monkeys and a lion.

 

From dead dogs in France to their living counterparts in Nepal. Here, police officers in Kathmandu are seen worshipping a canine during the five-day-long Tihar festival, which is a regional variation on Diwali. Traditionally people mark the occassion by offering garlands and food to dogs, in acknowledgement of what is regarded in Hindu mythology as the special relationship shared by humans and hounds.  

 

Here, two men take in the devastation in the town of Amatrice in Italy. A 6.6 magnitude earthquake shook the hilltop settlement and many other places in central Italy in the last week of October. In response to tremors during the preceding days, many people had already left their homes, so that despite the strength of the weekend quake, nobody was killed. But the strongest seismic activity in the area for three and a half decades destroyed many historic buildings in the regions of Marche and Umbria.

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