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When the bees are gone.

Pesticide use, habitat loss, diseases, parasites and global warming are plunging the honeybee population into decline, so much so that fruit farmers in China and elsewhere are doing the work of bees. Why? Because you have a bee to thank for every one in three bites of food you ingest.

Nilo plays with a broken cell phone he found in the canal in Manila. © Paul Ratje

In many developing countries, children grow up in potentially life-threatening environmental conditions – in squalor, surrounded by rampant pollution such as trash, toxic water and polluted air. These pictures – from “Happyland” in Manila, where families salvage waste for a living – present a clear picture of the health hazards posed by these conditions.

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Gold mining has sparked a clash between illegal diggers, artisanal mining associations and large multinationals. © Zigor Aldama and Miguel Candela

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