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Boat graveyard at Kerhervy, Lanester, Morbihan, France (47°47’N, 3°17’W).Cherry trees, Bessenay area, Monts du Lyonnais, Rhône, France (45°46’N, 4°33’E).Airbus delivery area, Toulouse, Haute-Garonne, France (43°38’N, 1°22’E).
Map of the European Union in the courtyard of André Malraux high school, Montereau-Fault-Yonne, Seine-et-Marne, France (48°24’ N, 2°58’ E). Mussel farming in the Bay of Saint-Brieuc, Côtes d’Armor, France (48°30’N, 2°46’W).Trees in the middle of water near Taponas, Rhône region, France (46°07’N, 4°45’E).
Cleaning up fuel oil leaked from the tanker Prestige, Biarritz, France (43°40’N, 1°35’E).The Red Porphyry of Cap Seninu, Gulf of Porto, Corsica, France (42°19’ N, 8°35’ E). Olive harvest near Les Baux-de-Provence, Côte d’Azur, France (43°44’N, 4°47’E).
Punta di Rondinara, South of Porto Vecchio, South Corsica, France (41°28Tree plantation near Seix, Pyrenees, France (42°50’N, 01°30’E).Beach at Saint-Aygulf, near Saint-Raphaë, Côte d’Azur, France (43°24’ N, 6°44’ E).
Loisinord ski slope on a slagheap at Nœux-les-Mines, France (50°28Common seals in the Somme Bay, France (50°13’N, 1°31’E).Gulf of Murtoli, South Corsica, France (41°30’ N, 8° 54’ E).
Sperone Golf Club near Bonifacio, South Corsica, France (41°22AZF factory chimney after an explosion, Toulouse, France (43°36’N, 1°27’E).Catamaran in the Glénan archipelago, south coast of Finistère, France (47°43
Encampment near Dôme du Goûter mountain refuge, Mont Blanc, Haute-Savoie, France (45°49’N, 6°51’E).The Louvre and the Île de la Cité, Paris, France (48°52’N, 2°19’E).Marking in a field of GM maize in Grézet-Cavagnan, Lot et Garonne, France (44°23’N, 0°07’E).
Air Terminal 2, Roissy-Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, Val-d’Oise, France (49°00’ N, 2°35’ E).Low tide in the Gulf of Morbihan, Morbihan, France (47°34’N, 2°49’W). Oil tanker of society Euronav, Le NAMUR, Ushant, Finistère (48°32
Container ships of society CMACGM : le «MEDEA», Ushant, Finistère, France (48°46The trawler Caraïbes in the Iroise Sea off Ouessant Island, Finistère, France (48°25’ N, 5°05’ W).Dried cracked mud in Camargue, Bouches-du-Rhône, France (43°27’N, 4°34’O).




Tree plantation near Seix, Pyrenees, France (42°50’N, 01°30’E).

This plantation in the mountains of the Ariège département is part of the area’s woodland management and helps to combat erosion of soil that has been stripped of vegetation. But these mountains have a secret. They are home to two female brown bears and two of their cubs, which were trapped in Slovenia and released here as part of the plan to reintroduce brown bears to the Pyrenees. Shooting, poisoning, and habitat fragmentation—especially due to road building—had got the better of this symbolic species. Preservation of biodiversity, and especially of threatened or vulnerable species, is one of the priorities that was set out at the United Nations summit held at Rio in 1992. In 2002, it was estimated that more than a fifth of mammal species, a quarter of reptile species, a third of fish, and almost 60 percent of insects were threatened or vulnerable—as well as more than half the flowering plants living on the planet.

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