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Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Wall climbing on a 4,000-foot fang of granite in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, with Conrad Anker. Ambient temperatures in the sun hovered around -20°F. After over a week of climbing, we finished a new route on the mountain. If you look below, you can see our high camp perched on the ridge. I’ve faced some of my heaviest mind riots on big walls...many of them with Conrad. But walls also represent some of the best shared experiences I’ve ever had. Lucky to do what I do and to do it with friends like Conrad. For more images from mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
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Photo by Jimmy Chin @jimmychin | Wall climbing on a 4,000-foot fang of granite in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica, with Conrad Anker. Ambient temperatures in the sun hovered around -20°F. After over a week of climbing, we finished a new route on the mountain. If you look below, you can see our high camp perched on the ridge. I’ve faced some of my heaviest mind riots on big walls...many of them with Conrad. But walls also represent some of the best shared experiences I’ve ever had. Lucky to do what I do and to do it with friends like Conrad. For more images from mountain adventures around the world, follow @jimmychin
Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Tatiana Batskalyova cares for her 90-year-old mother-in-law, Lira. Prior to the war, both women used to live in a family house in the suburban village of Opytne, between Donetsk and Avdeevka, in eastern Ukraine. They had to flee when their street became a front line—a powerful explosion buried Lira alive under the wreckage. Altogether the house got three direct artillery hits.
Now they live in Tatiana’s daughter’s apartment in Avdeevka. This apartment was also damaged by shelling and repaired by the women on their own. “My daughter has a real talent! She has fixed it so nicely you could never tell there was a huge hole in this wall,” she proudly tells us. Her husband, Aleksander, chose to rebel against the war’s indignity in his own way: like many people in eastern Ukraine, he refuses to leave his demolished house. He continues living in the basement–the only surviving part–and cultivates the garden. Every day he takes a bike ride through the minefield that separates Opytnoe from Avdeevka to visit his wife. Tatiana prepares him a meal to take back, as he has no kitchen left in the ruins.
Tatiana lost a court hearing over compensation for her house. She felt humiliated by the attitude of the hearing members: “They would ask me questions like, why do I think that my house was shelled? Then they turned to a witness and began interrogating her about what brand of refrigerator I had and how many burners there were on the gas stove. They were talking to us like they assumed we were lying and it was their job to catch us out.” Ukraine’s official position is that Russia is to blame for the war, and so all claims should be addressed across the border. 
Words by Alisa Sopova, from the series #5Kfromthefrontline, an ongoing project about the everyday consequences of the war in eastern Ukraine.
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Photo by Anastasia Taylor-Lind @anastasiatl | Tatiana Batskalyova cares for her 90-year-old mother-in-law, Lira. Prior to the war, both women used to live in a family house in the suburban village of Opytne, between Donetsk and Avdeevka, in eastern Ukraine. They had to flee when their street became a front line—a powerful explosion buried Lira alive under the wreckage. Altogether the house got three direct artillery hits.
Now they live in Tatiana’s daughter’s apartment in Avdeevka. This apartment was also damaged by shelling and repaired by the women on their own. “My daughter has a real talent! She has fixed it so nicely you could never tell there was a huge hole in this wall,” she proudly tells us. Her husband, Aleksander, chose to rebel against the war’s indignity in his own way: like many people in eastern Ukraine, he refuses to leave his demolished house. He continues living in the basement–the only surviving part–and cultivates the garden. Every day he takes a bike ride through the minefield that separates Opytnoe from Avdeevka to visit his wife. Tatiana prepares him a meal to take back, as he has no kitchen left in the ruins.
Tatiana lost a court hearing over compensation for her house. She felt humiliated by the attitude of the hearing members: “They would ask me questions like, why do I think that my house was shelled? Then they turned to a witness and began interrogating her about what brand of refrigerator I had and how many burners there were on the gas stove. They were talking to us like they assumed we were lying and it was their job to catch us out.” Ukraine’s official position is that Russia is to blame for the war, and so all claims should be addressed across the border.
Words by Alisa Sopova, from the series #5Kfromthefrontline, an ongoing project about the everyday consequences of the war in eastern Ukraine.
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Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | Male polar bears can weigh more than 700 kilograms, or 1,600 pounds—a potential problem when hunting seals on thin ice. Their solution: massive paws. Their paws can be 12 inches wide, allowing them to spread their weight. Their rough foot pads and short, sharp claws also give them extra traction. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures #wild_life #wildlife #animals #ice #snow #bear #teeth #polar bear
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Video by Bertie Gregory @bertiegregory | Male polar bears can weigh more than 700 kilograms, or 1,600 pounds—a potential problem when hunting seals on thin ice. Their solution: massive paws. Their paws can be 12 inches wide, allowing them to spread their weight. Their rough foot pads and short, sharp claws also give them extra traction. Follow @bertiegregory for more wildlife adventures #wild_life #wildlife #animals #ice #snow #bear #teeth #polar bear
Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | Sugarloaf Mountain stands near the top of the Snowy Range, in southeastern Wyoming. Fall is sweeping across the Rockies, and soon lakes that seemingly just thawed will freeze again with the onset of winter. To see more from across the West, follow along with photographer @drewtrush.
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Photo by Drew Rush @drewtrush | Sugarloaf Mountain stands near the top of the Snowy Range, in southeastern Wyoming. Fall is sweeping across the Rockies, and soon lakes that seemingly just thawed will freeze again with the onset of winter. To see more from across the West, follow along with photographer @drewtrush.
Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | A young man fishes off  the coastline of a fishing village in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. I worked with Nat Geo explorer Nicola Sebastian (@nicolaseabass), who studies marine biodiversity. She writes: 
In the Philippine archipelago, life is deeply interdependent: the survival of all is inextricably intertwined, not just with the sea but also with the deepening climate change crisis. Philippine fisherfolk live with the devastating paradox at the heart of the Anthropocene—the communities who are least responsible for causing the worsening climate crisis are also among the most vulnerable. 
#Followme @Hannahreyesmorales for more stories from the Philippines, and beyond.
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Photo by Hannah Reyes Morales @hannahreyesmorales | A young man fishes off the coastline of a fishing village in Oriental Mindoro, Philippines. I worked with Nat Geo explorer Nicola Sebastian (@nicolaseabass ), who studies marine biodiversity. She writes:
In the Philippine archipelago, life is deeply interdependent: the survival of all is inextricably intertwined, not just with the sea but also with the deepening climate change crisis. Philippine fisherfolk live with the devastating paradox at the heart of the Anthropocene—the communities who are least responsible for causing the worsening climate crisis are also among the most vulnerable.
#Followme @Hannahreyesmorales for more stories from the Philippines, and beyond.
Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | With the end of summer, darker nights return to the Arctic latitudes. Here the Big Dipper stands high in the Iceland sky. The unusual light is known as a pulsating aurora. Although it’s faster in this time-lapse video, even in real time they shift and brighten in patches every second, rather than the typical arcs and streaks. Auroras are caused by energetic electrons speeding down into Earth’s atmosphere and colliding with the thin air on the boundary of space and our atmosphere.⁣ Down on Earth is the iconic Skógafoss waterfall. Explore more of the World at Night photography with @babaktafreshi. ⁣The soundtrack is "Red North" by Ali Raini, Tonelabs. ⁣⁣#saveournightsky #astrophotography #aurora #spaceweather
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Video by Babak Tafreshi @babaktafreshi | With the end of summer, darker nights return to the Arctic latitudes. Here the Big Dipper stands high in the Iceland sky. The unusual light is known as a pulsating aurora. Although it’s faster in this time-lapse video, even in real time they shift and brighten in patches every second, rather than the typical arcs and streaks. Auroras are caused by energetic electrons speeding down into Earth’s atmosphere and colliding with the thin air on the boundary of space and our atmosphere.⁣ Down on Earth is the iconic Skógafoss waterfall. Explore more of the World at Night photography with @babaktafreshi. ⁣The soundtrack is "Red North" by Ali Raini, Tonelabs. ⁣⁣#saveournightsky #astrophotography #aurora #spaceweather
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Photo by Gabriele Galimberti @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and Juri De Luca | Fossils of long-extinct creatures aren’t just for museums. Today there’re in homes and businesses, as wealthy collectors indulge a controversial hobby. Like a prehistoric nod to the sea outside, a 17-foot-long mosasaur floats above Joan and Henry Kriegstein in their home in Massachusetts. The marine reptile is one of several fossils that Henry Kriegstein has collected over the past 30 years. An ophthalmologist, he tracks his love of extinct beasts to childhood. Kriegstein grew up in Manhattan, and the American Museum of Natural History was his favorite local spot. “I was amazed by these dinosaur skeletons in the middle of New York,” he says. Every summer he digs in the Dakotas, Wyoming, or Montana, often with his oldest daughter, Adie, who found the mosasaur. To him, fossils represent a key to our biological past. Being in their presence, he says, awakens “a very spiritual feeling of connection with the history of life." #fossil #extinct #dinosaurs
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Photo by Gabriele Galimberti @gabrielegalimbertiphoto and Juri De Luca | Fossils of long-extinct creatures aren’t just for museums. Today there’re in homes and businesses, as wealthy collectors indulge a controversial hobby. Like a prehistoric nod to the sea outside, a 17-foot-long mosasaur floats above Joan and Henry Kriegstein in their home in Massachusetts. The marine reptile is one of several fossils that Henry Kriegstein has collected over the past 30 years. An ophthalmologist, he tracks his love of extinct beasts to childhood. Kriegstein grew up in Manhattan, and the American Museum of Natural History was his favorite local spot. “I was amazed by these dinosaur skeletons in the middle of New York,” he says. Every summer he digs in the Dakotas, Wyoming, or Montana, often with his oldest daughter, Adie, who found the mosasaur. To him, fossils represent a key to our biological past. Being in their presence, he says, awakens “a very spiritual feeling of connection with the history of life." #fossil #extinct #dinosaurs
Photo by Sara Hylton @sarahyltonphoto | Boats gather along the Meghna River in Chandpur, Bangladesh, one of the three major tributaries of the Ganges Delta. I made this photograph during National Geographic's female-led Sea to Source expedition, in which researchers traveled from the Bay of Bengal up to the Himalaya, in order to better understand how plastic moves through waterways and eventually into our oceans. For more stories follow me @sarahyltonphoto #expeditionplastic #Bangladesh #oceanplastic
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Photo by Sara Hylton @sarahyltonphoto | Boats gather along the Meghna River in Chandpur, Bangladesh, one of the three major tributaries of the Ganges Delta. I made this photograph during National Geographic's female-led Sea to Source expedition, in which researchers traveled from the Bay of Bengal up to the Himalaya, in order to better understand how plastic moves through waterways and eventually into our oceans. For more stories follow me @sarahyltonphoto #expeditionplastic #Bangladesh #oceanplastic
Photo by @jimrichardsonng // Sponsored by @IndigoAg // Rich Iowa farmland stretched to the horizon as I looked out from high atop farmer Ben Riensche’s grain bins. Thunderstorms were drenching farms over in the next county, but here it was all late afternoon sunshine and lush crops. Ben’s ancestors came to this part of Iowa around Jesup for its rich soil, a gift handed down by ancient glaciers and millennia of prairie growth that built up fertile topsoil several feet deep. Much carbon from that soil has been lost in 150 years of farming. Ben uses no-till farming and cover crops to rebuild the soil, which help capture carbon from the atmosphere and put it back in the ground where it can sustain crops. // @IndigoAg is unlocking agriculture’s potential to help reverse climate change. That’s the vision behind the Terraton Initiative, a global movement with the goal of using regenerative farming practices to take one trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Follow @Terraton to see the progress.
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Photo by @jimrichardsonng // Sponsored by @IndigoAg // Rich Iowa farmland stretched to the horizon as I looked out from high atop farmer Ben Riensche’s grain bins. Thunderstorms were drenching farms over in the next county, but here it was all late afternoon sunshine and lush crops. Ben’s ancestors came to this part of Iowa around Jesup for its rich soil, a gift handed down by ancient glaciers and millennia of prairie growth that built up fertile topsoil several feet deep. Much carbon from that soil has been lost in 150 years of farming. Ben uses no-till farming and cover crops to rebuild the soil, which help capture carbon from the atmosphere and put it back in the ground where it can sustain crops. // @IndigoAg is unlocking agriculture’s potential to help reverse climate change. That’s the vision behind the Terraton Initiative, a global movement with the goal of using regenerative farming practices to take one trillion tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Follow @Terraton to see the progress.
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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Purse seiners wait for the opening of Chimbote Harbor, Peru. The Peruvian anchoveta is the world’s largest fishery by tonnage; the fish is primarily harvested for fishmeal and oil, critical components of feed for aquaculture, pig, and chicken farms throughout the world. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
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Photo by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz | Purse seiners wait for the opening of Chimbote Harbor, Peru. The Peruvian anchoveta is the world’s largest fishery by tonnage; the fish is primarily harvested for fishmeal and oil, critical components of feed for aquaculture, pig, and chicken farms throughout the world. To view more of our world from above, follow @geosteinmetz.
Photo by William Daniels @williamodaniels | Train for the Forgotten: A view of the taiga, photographed from the Matvei Mudrov hospital train on the BAM railway (Baikal-Amur Mainline), in eastern Russia. The mobile hospital offers basic care and specialized services such as x-rays, ultrasound, and ophthalmology. The train crosses extremely isolated parts of Russia, and many communities rely entirely on it for services. Please follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories around the world.
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Photo by William Daniels @williamodaniels | Train for the Forgotten: A view of the taiga, photographed from the Matvei Mudrov hospital train on the BAM railway (Baikal-Amur Mainline), in eastern Russia. The mobile hospital offers basic care and specialized services such as x-rays, ultrasound, and ophthalmology. The train crosses extremely isolated parts of Russia, and many communities rely entirely on it for services. Please follow me on @williamodaniels for more human stories around the world.

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