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Photo by @ronan_donovan // The like between a human-dominated landscape and a wild one is razor sharp along western Uganda's Kibale National Park. Fields of tea along old growth rainforest represents the clash in land use present across western Uganda. Is the land for human consumption or for the natural systems or both? Home to some 1,500 wild chimpanzees and hundreds of elephants, Kibale National Park represents the proving grounds for how the rest of central Africa will choose to live alongside our closet living relatives or push them to the brink. Shot in assignment for National Geographic Magazine last month. See more from this region and learn about this issue @ronan_donovan
Photo @lucalocatelliphoto In the Netherlands a researcher at one of the biggest seed company in the world, examines germination quality under controlled dark conditions. Netherlands can not use genetic modification so finding better varieties of seeds is the main goal for this market.
200.000 seed and germination quality tests are conducted a year. Follow me @lucalocatelliphoto to see more about the #future of #farming #agriculture #hunger #netherlands #technology #seed #famine
This Photo by @williamodaniels for @natgeo originally published in "Path of Persecution," last month, is part of the best moving photos of 2017 selected by the magazine. The story was about the curent Rohingya exodus, as an outbreak of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state caused more than six hundreds thousands of Rohingya civilians to flee to Bangladesh.
In every tent I entered In Kutupalong refugee camps, someone was wounded or sick, or traumatised by having witnessed family members killed before their eyes. All of the children of Nur Kober (right) and his wife Joleka (left) were sick with fever.
Photo and caption by @petekmuller. As a kid, wasps stung me with ruthless frequency, a consequence of my invasive curiosity and bad luck, I suppose. As far as I was concerned, the world was to be investigated, particularly its dormant and neglected corners. This outlook put me on a collision course with wasps, whose position in the world occupied the very spaces I felt inclined to disrupt. Owing to those many, searing bites, I developed a fear of wasps and, well, most of the flying, buzzing, stinging creatures.  Today, during a break in a game drive in Kenya’s Maasai Mara, I came upon this magnificent, lone wasp building its nest on the wall of a restroom. I stood and watched it work for several minutes, fascinated by its diligence and appearance. Its solitude made it less threatening and I marveled at the simple sophistication of its activity. In a place like Maasai Mara, we are often captivated by the large, charismatic animals that dominate the plains. During this quiet moment, however, I was taken with my old nemesis, the wasp, and the understated role it plays in the world. Follow @petekmuller for pictures and observations from Kenya and beyond. #nature #wasp #Kenya #Africa #MaasaiMara #TheMara #entomology #
Photo @hammond_robin for @witness_change. On December 10 every year we celebrate Human Rights Day. There is arguably no larger group systematically denied their human rights than those living with mental health problems. That’s why I started @OneDayInMyWorld, so that people living with mental health issues have a chance to be seen, heard and valued. 
In this picture a female patient at a mental health Centre in Puntland, Somalia tries to escape. 
Forcible restraint and/or incarceration of people living with mental health problems is common around the world. It is often done, it is claimed, for the benefit of the ‘patient,’ but few make any sort of recovery when they have their liberty taken from them. In fact, most get worse. 
The World Health Organisation says that in the last decade 90% of the treated patients it surveyed in Somalia were subjected at least once in their lifetime to chaining. Chaining patients is seen as an alternative medication, which not only leaves the patients stigmatized but also causes physical injuries. Some of the chained patients end up committing suicide. The person is usually chained not only during the ‘acute crisis’ but throughout his or her life. 
Incarceration and restraining is not unique to Somalia. This fundamental breach of the Universal Declaration of Human RIghts of this vulnerable and neglected group happens all over the world yet, for some reason, is ignored. 
#InMyWorld is designed to expose the challenges faced by people living with mental health issues. It is part of Witness Change's work on global mental health. @witness_change is a nonprofit that aims to end human rights violations for marginalized communities through visual storytelling. To see more from this campaign please follow @OneDayInMyWorld
Photo by @mattiasklumofficial
Bats circling the Deer cave entrance in The Gunung Mulu National Park, Sarawak, Malaysia. This National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that encompasses incredible caves and karst formations in Borneo’s mountainous equatorial rainforest setting. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to meet a charming giant panda that I photographed in Foping Nature Reserve, China. At least 12 species of bat have been recorded here. Deer Cave that is located in the southern limestone hills of the park is home to an enormous colony of Wrinkle-lipped bats estimated to number between 2.5 and 3.5 million individuals. The bats exit the cave almost every evening in search of food. A huge mound of guano in the cave is evidence of the size of the bat colony that roosts in the cave's high ceilings. #mattiasklum #sarawak #gunungmulu #alexandrovklum #protectbiodiversity #bats #deercave #malaysia #borneo #savetherainforest @thephotosociety @natgeotravel @irisalexandrov @alexandrovklumofficial @mattiasklumcollection @natgeo
Photo by @irablockphoto//
A Weddell seal pokes his head out of the water after a dive for food in the Antarctic. These amazing creatures can dive to 2000 feet ( 610 meters) and stay underwater for up to 45 minutes, as they search for fish to eat. #followme @irablockphoto to see more images from around the world
@thephotosociety @natgeocreative
#seal #weddellseal #antarctic
Video by @PaulNicklen // Earlier this week, we shared a heartbreaking video of a starving polar bear. It was hard to watch, and sad to endure, but it provides an important perspective into the future for polar bears. Unless we curb carbon emissions and pursue solutions to achieve drawdown, this is the grim fate for many species. The good news is that a wide array of both proven and promising new solutions already exist. Reforesting the oceans and restarting natural nutrient cycles can drawdown carbon, deacidify and cool surface waters, at the same time as producing sustainable food and biofuel. @Sea_Legacy went to the Canadian Arctic to document the effects of climate change. We found them. We also found healthy, beautiful bears, like this. Follow me at @paulnicklen. @sea_legacy #turningthetide
Photo by @williamalbertallard 
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Venice can be beautiful in so many ways but I’d guess many of them have the image of a gondola and gondolier within this picture as does this one, if only as a shadow. The picture depends very much on that patch of wall where stucco or plaster has given way to exposing the centuries old brick that lies beneath. Tiny details such as the strip of ribbon from the gondolier’s classical hat is shadowed along with the triangle lying on its side formed by his forearms and the oar. Those are all parts of the graphics that make up this image.

#followme @williamalbertallard for more images from Italy and other assignments spanning five decades. ⠀
#venice #italy #veniceitaly #gondala #gondolier #shadow #shadows #italygram #italytrip⠀
Video by @pedromcbride (Pete McBride) // "The hardest working river in the world” is how many describe the the river I grew up on - The Colorado. It supplies water to 40 million, seven states and two countries in the southwest of the U.S. and northern Mexico. It also produces the vast majority of America’s salad bowl. I’ve spent years documenting the river from its headwaters and 1500 miles to its dry delta at its end. When I see how it is changed, it is clear what happens when we ask too much of a limited hardworking resource — It disappears. To see more about this river and many more, follow @pedromcbride. Video from short film #deltadawn #chasingrivers #coloradoriver #delta #water #nature #petemcbride Thx #ronchapple for aerial clip
@natgeo photo by @stevewinterphoto

WATCH TONIGHT!!!!! @9pm for our @natgeowild Big Cat Week show filmed with @bertiegregory.

I love seeing Scarface flying through the water in one of his spectacular failures - trying to get food from his supermarket - the Pantanal. 
Jaguars have a tough life trying to find food in their watery restaurant - they may want caiman for dinner but it may take them days and many spectacular failures before they are successful.  Nature is perfection. It gives us the air we breathe and the water we all need for our life. 
My @natgeo jaguar story come out next week in the December issue of National Geographic Magazine! and WATCH on Dec 10th @9pm for our @ngwild Big Cat Week show filmed with @bertiegregory.

Jaguars are the 3rd largest of the big cats. Found from US / Mexico border to northern Argentina. Jaguars have rebounded in this area where 95% of the land is privately owned. In the past many ranchers would kill the cats when they ate their cattle. Today in this area tourism brings in much more money to the local economy than cattle ranching. So the jaguar population is increasing. But revenge killings of jaguars happen close to this area and all throughout the jaguars range. Also poaching for skins, bones and teeth is growing for the first time since the 1970’s to feed the demand for Asian Traditional Medicine and luxury items from endangered species. “When the buying stops, the killing can too.” @wildaid 
Forests provide us with up to 50% of the oxygen we breathe - oceans the rest. They give us 75% of the fresh water.
If we can save the forest of the Amazon and other areas in Central and South America for the JAGUAR and Puma. The forests of Central Africa for the leopard, lion, elephants etc. And the forests of South Asia for the Tigers and Leopards. If you save the top predator in any ecosystem you save everything that lives with them.
So if - We Save Big Cats we can help Save Ourselves.

#follow me @stevewinterphoto to see more images from my work with @natgeo and Thanks!! @stevewinterphoto @natgeo @natgeochannel @pantanalsafaris @natgeowild
Photo by @mmuheisen (Muhammed Muheisen)
A woman walks her dog on a canal during snowfall in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on the 10th of December 2017. To see more, follow @mmuheisen #muhammedmuheisen