These images capture the devastating effects the human race have on our planet, reminding us that we must change our ways soon or deal with the consequences. Some of these images are really touching, but we hope you get the message.
18- An elephant killed by poachers left to rot.
17- The view over the overdeveloped metropole of Mexico City (with more than 20 million inhabitants).
16- A simple herd farmer cannot withstand the stink of the Yellow River in Inner Mongolia.
15- A fire storm plows through Colorado – increased incidences of wild fires is a result of climate change.
14- A waste incineration plant and its surroundings in Bangladesh.
13- A night time spectacle in downtown Los Angeles – the energy demand is unfathomable.
12- In Oregon, this thousand year old forest fell victim to the chainsaw for a new dam.
11- Poachers pose proudly with the coat of a Siberian tiger.
10- A dead albatross shows what happens when we litter. A living dumpster.
9- The Mir Mine in Russia, the largest diamond mine in the world.
8- And yet another megatropolis – a bird’s eye view of New Delhi (over 22 million inhabitants).
7- Trails of excessive air traffic over London.
6- The scars left behind from the mining of oil sands in the Canadian province of Alberta.
5- The area around Almeria in Spain is littered with greenhouses as far as the eye can see – simply for a richly filled dinner table.
4- Paradise almost lost: the Maldives, a popular vacation spot that is threatened by rising sea levels.
3- Tons (literally) of broken electronics end up in developing countries and are stripped for precious metals by using deadly substances.
2- While the entire world watched the events of Fukushima, a massive heat and power station was burning just a few miles away. All attempts to extinguish it were fruitless.
1- This polar bear starved to death in Svalvard, Norway. Disappearing ice caps are robbing polar bears of both their living space and food.