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Photo by Maddie McGarvey @maddiemcgarvey  | When a dike on a coal ash pond ruptured at the Kingston Fossil Plant in Kingston, Tennessee, in December 2008, it spilled far more toxic ash than Deepwater Horizon spilled oil. Workers who cleaned up the huge spill in Tennessee are still suffering—and dying. More than 900 workers cleaned up the coal ash spill at the Kingston plant, which is operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority; more than 200 have sued Jacobs Engineering, the cleanup contractor. Thirty-six workers have died from brain cancer, lung cancer, leukemia, and other diseases. Sixty-three years after it opened, ten years after the disastrous spill, the Kingston Fossil Plant is still burning 14,000 tons of coal a day—and producing about 1,400 tons of coal ash. A wooden cross at the site of the Kingston spill honors the cleanup workers. Photographed recently on assignment for @natgeo.  For more photos from this story, follow me @maddiemcgarvey. 

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Photo by Stephen Wilkes @stephenwilkes  | A haze of color surrounds the moon during a calm evening on the plains in Wyoming. To see more photos from my travels near and far, follow me @stephenwilkes.  #StephenWilkes  #Evening  #Wyoming  #Archives  #HayStack 

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Photo by Pete McBride @pedromcbride  | Elephants live in matriarchal societies, so the oldest and largest adult female in a family watches over the entire clan, including her sisters and offspring, forming a closely-bonded family that stays together for life. For more images of wildlife, follow @pedromcbride  #petemcbride 

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Photo by Muhammed Muheisen @mmuheisen  | People enjoy a boat ride on a canal in Amsterdam, Netherlands. For more photos and videos from different parts of the world, follow me @mmuheisen  and @mmuheisenpublic  #muhammedmuheisen  #Amsterdam  #netherlands 

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Photo by Luca Locatelli @lucalocatelliphoto  | Dubai Marina at dusk. In a single generation, Dubai exploded from humble port to metropolis. Electricity and paved roads arrived in 1961. Oil funded expansion in the 1970s. The building boom accelerated in the 2000s. The pace has slowed since the 2008 financial crisis, but the city continues to rise up and out. A decade ago Dubai had one of the largest ecological footprints of any city in the world. By 2050 it wants to have the smallest. Can it get there? My work revolves around the making of the future, how our society transitions through new ways of living, and how technology is changing our approach to the environment and to our cities. I’ve embarked on a journey with @natgeo  to showcase how Dubai aims to become one of the world’s greenest cities. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto  to find out more about the Dubai story I covered for @natgeo  #Dubai  #environment  #beach  #sea  #people  #city 

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Photo by Cristina Mittermeier @cristinamittermeier  | Deep in the lush Great Bear Rainforest, a black bear takes advantage of a perfect fishing spot: a series of small falls where pink salmon push against the current, heading upstream. Life here thrives because of the balance of delicate relationships between species. The bears, salmon, and trees are all an integral part of this intricate ecosystem. #FollowMe  at @CristinaMittermeier  and explore my feed for more photos of Canadian #wildlife.  #BritishColumbia  #CampaignforNature  #NatureNeedsHalf 

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Photos by Kirsten Luce @kirstenluce  | A macaque performs at Mae Rim Monkey School, in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This tourist attraction offers multiple daily performances. When not performing tricks, the monkeys sit alone in tiny metal cages or on short chains outside. This is one of many shady animal attractions around Chiang Mai. I encourage anyone visiting Thailand to do their research before visiting such places—check the one- and two-star reviews online before booking tours or supporting these businesses. For the June 2019 issue of National Geographic, writer @natashaldaly  and I traveled the world to learn about wildlife tourism and the suffering that goes on behind the scenes. Our intention is not to shame tourists who have had these encounters but to arm our readers with information that will help them identify potentially abusive situations for animals. To learn more, read our story at natgeo.com/wildlifetourism and follow @world_animal_protection  which works to raise awareness and help animals in the tourism industry.

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Photo by Daniella Zalcman @dzalcman  | I’ve spent about five years interviewing indigenous people impacted by assimilation education policies for an ongoing project called @signsofyouridentity.  It’s taken me to Canada to talk to survivors of Indian residential schools that operated until 1996 and to Australia to interview members of the Stolen Generations who were taken from their mothers in the 1970s, as well as to about 25 communities in the U.S.—where we have had virtually no government-led efforts to address our own continuing history with cultural genocide. I spent the month of March in Hawaii and found many of the same stories there—language bans in the public school system, suppression of cultural practices, creating shame in young children over their ethnic identity—but also a fierce multigenerational movement to push back against colonial educational practices and build Hawaiian-led school systems. Pele, the remarkable woman in this photo, grew up like most Hawaiians her age: not speaking Hawaiian at home. There was a point in the 1980s in which there were fewer than 50 fluent speakers under the age of 18. So Pele and her husband learned Hawaiian when they went to college, and are now raising three children who speak Hawaiian as their first language. Their oldest daughter, Kalamanamana, is 17 and will head to Dartmouth in the fall. For more stories from this ongoing project, follow @dzalcman.  #signsofyouridentity  @insidenatgeo  @opensocietyfoundations 

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Photo by Pete Muller @pete_k_muller  | During this past year I’ve been working on a National Geographic project that explores the changing human relationship with the environment and how we think about, understand, and discuss these changes. The picture above is from this project. It’s a portrait of Alexander and Stanislav, two sea hunters in the Russian Arctic region of Chukotka. In this scene, the men work to craft new harpoon points for use during sea hunting endeavors. Coastal Chukchi communities are largely dependent on their ability to hunt marine mammals in order to survive in remote and unforgiving lands. The formation of sea ice along the coastline is unreliable. The ecological balance is shifting. #environment  #environmental  #change  #Chukotka  #Russia 

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Photo by Adam Ferguson @adamfergusonstudio  | In the Himalayan foothills, Sherpa children stand outside Bodha Primary School in Bohane Village, Nepal. Bohane and the local school were damaged by an aftershock of the April 25, 2015, earthquake, which killed nearly 9,000 people and injured nearly 22,000. Four years later families continue to rebuild their lives. Follow me at @adamfergusonstudio  to see more stories about critical social issues. #adamferguson  #natgeo  #environment  #nepal 

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Photo by William Daniels @williamodaniels  | Russia, 2013. Around 17 years old, 11th grade students are getting ready to celebrate "posledni zvonok" (the bell's last ring), a celebration to mark the end of the school year and the fact that they will go to university the following year.

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Photo by Cory Richards @coryrichards  | When traveling from #Everest  Base Camp to Advanced Base Camp, one must make the 12-mile trek along what is known as the “Miracle Highway,” an uprising of land surrounded by unstable and towering ice pinnacles. A few days ago my team and I passed through this landscape, and even though I have crossed this terrain a multitude of times during the past few years, the intricate and simplistic beauty of this landscape, pictured here, will make any seasoned alpinist stop and admire in amazement. #followme  @coryrichards  for previously unseen footage shot #onassignment  for #natgeo  and the culture travel adventure of the #Himalayas  including real-time footage of this climb on the northeast face of everest where we will attempt a new route without the use of supplemental oxygen nor porter support in alpine style.

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