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20 million Americans mobilized on April 22, 1970; 30 years later, that number was up to 200 million citizens of the Earth. What was the cause that brought these people together? The desire to make the Earth a better place.

Earth Day is not a holiday, but an annual event dedicated to demonstrating support for environmental action. Consider the math: in many Western countries, each person generates 4.3lb (1.95kg) of waste every day, up from 2.7 (1.2kg) in 1960. There are now 7.3 billion people in the world; with the current population growth rate of 1.1%, this means that in roughly 64 years, the Earth's population will be almost 15 billion.

That's a lot of garbage. Let's do our part, avoid the mistakes of the past, and keep our planet clean! If you have an image of pollution in our neighborhood, add a photo to this list - and then help clean it up!

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Tortoise Trapped By Plastic

Tortoise Trapped By Plastic

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TeszineMF
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

OMG that's what he grew up with? a trap of human pollution. :( just like prisoner since born.

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Turtle Trapped In Plastic Waste Couldn't Grow

Turtle Trapped In Plastic Waste Couldn't Grow

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#4

Bird In Oil Spill

Bird In Oil Spill

Charlie Riedel Report

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#5

Albatross Killed By Excessive Plastic Ingestion In Midway Islands (North Pacific)

Albatross Killed By Excessive Plastic Ingestion In Midway Islands (North Pacific)

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#6

Stork Trapped In Plastic

Stork Trapped In Plastic

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Suffering Seal Not Safe In Its Own Habitat

Suffering Seal Not Safe In Its Own Habitat

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#9

Surfing On A Wave Full Of Trash In Java (Indonesia), The World’s Most Populated Island

Surfing On A Wave Full Of Trash In Java (Indonesia), The World’s Most Populated Island

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He Spends Each Morning Looking For Recyclable Plastic That He Can Sell For 35 Cents Per Kilo To Help His Family

He Spends Each Morning Looking For Recyclable Plastic That He Can Sell For 35 Cents Per Kilo To Help His Family

George Steinmetz Report

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MonikaMorgan
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

What a s**t way to make a living, but in a small way he is helping to clean up some of the pollution.

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#12

Seal's Nose Trapped In Plastic Waste

Seal's Nose Trapped In Plastic Waste

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#14

Boy Swimming In Polluted Water In India

Boy Swimming In Polluted Water In India

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#15

Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

Child Drinks Water From Stream In Fuyuan County, Yunnan Province

Reuters Report

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GraceHunter
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So sad to see this. We are all lucky we can drink clean water every day.

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#16

Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Over International Safety Standard

Girl Walks Through Smog In Beijing, Where Small-Particle Pollution Is 40 Times Over International Safety Standard

Kyodo News Report

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#17

Worker Cleans Away Dead Fish At A Lake In Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province

Worker Cleans Away Dead Fish At A Lake In Wuhan, Central China's Hubei Province

Reuters Report

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ΛctuallyFinest
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7 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The fish could of had a future but all they got was the filthy death we gave them.

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#18

Ken River Oil Field, California (USA) – Exploited Since 1899

Ken River Oil Field, California (USA) – Exploited Since 1899

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#19

Mexico City Landscape, 20 Million Inhabitants

Mexico City Landscape, 20 Million Inhabitants

populationspeakout.org Report

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Landscape Full Of Trash In Bangladesh

Landscape Full Of Trash In Bangladesh

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wolvesrcool
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

wait till the day the whole earth is like this , just because of stupidity

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#22

Man Cleans Up Oil Spill In Dalian Port, Liaoning

Man Cleans Up Oil Spill In Dalian Port, Liaoning

Reuters Report

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Great Wall Of China, Shame

Great Wall Of China, Shame

Sa Cha Report

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JeanneDeaux
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Shame on tourists! It's not because you are not home that you can do whatever you want!

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#24

A Bald Sunbear In Borneo Where Major Deforestation Is Threatening Their Habitat And Health

A Bald Sunbear In Borneo Where Major Deforestation Is Threatening Their Habitat And Health

www.thedodo.com Report

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#25

Residents Look At A Heavily Polluted River, Zhugao, Sichuan Province

Residents Look At A Heavily Polluted River, Zhugao, Sichuan Province

independent.co.uk Report

#26

A Mute Swan Builds A Nest Using Plastic Garbage

A Mute Swan Builds A Nest Using Plastic Garbage

wikipedia.org Report

#27

Landfill In Accra (Ghana). Our Electronic Rubbish Usually Ends Up In Third-world Countries

Landfill In Accra (Ghana). Our Electronic Rubbish Usually Ends Up In Third-world Countries

populationspeakout.org Report

#29

Man Walks By Pipe Discharging Waste Water Into Yangtze River

Man Walks By Pipe Discharging Waste Water Into Yangtze River

William Hong Report

#31

Journalist Takes A Sample Of Polluted Red Water From Jianhe River

Journalist Takes A Sample Of Polluted Red Water From Jianhe River

Reuters Report

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#33

Plastic Bag Floats In The Sea Off The Philippines. Ocean Plastic Has Turned Up Literally Everywhere - In The Deep Sea And Buried In Arctic Ice

Plastic Bag Floats In The Sea Off The Philippines. Ocean Plastic Has Turned Up Literally Everywhere - In The Deep Sea And Buried In Arctic Ice

Keith A. Ellenbogen Report

#34

Young Raccoon With Fishing Lure Caught In Lip.

Young Raccoon With Fishing Lure Caught In Lip.

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#35

Over 3000 Dead Pigs Fished Out Of Huangpu River

Over 3000 Dead Pigs Fished Out Of Huangpu River

Bernaby Jaco Skinner Report

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

not sure if this is from pollution.. maybe some sort of disaster. a damn shame nonetheless.

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A Family Walks On A Garbage-strewn Beach In Mumbai

A Family Walks On A Garbage-strewn Beach In Mumbai

Vovek Prakash Report

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#37

Boy In Polluted Water

Boy In Polluted Water

darksideof.com Report

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ibby
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is also in Qingdao, China. They just have a lot of algae in their coastal waters.

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#38

Fire At Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico, April 2010

Fire At Oil Platform In Gulf Of Mexico, April 2010

populationspeakout.org Report

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#39

Boy Tries To Avoid Scattered Rubbish Floating On A Flooded Street In Shantou, Guangdong Province

Boy Tries To Avoid Scattered Rubbish Floating On A Flooded Street In Shantou, Guangdong Province

Reuters Report

#40

California Drought

California Drought

nytimes.com Report

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Americans are 5% of the world's population but consume 25% of its resources. That'll teach them.

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#41

Fishermen Row A Boat In The Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei, Anhui Province

Fishermen Row A Boat In The Algae-filled Chaohu Lake In Hefei, Anhui Province

Jianan Yu Report

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Workers Try To Drain Sewage Water From Leaking Sewage Tank, Shanghang, Fujian

Workers Try To Drain Sewage Water From Leaking Sewage Tank, Shanghang, Fujian

Reuters Report

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MirekPraha
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

they are cleaning some industry equipment, so what is the problem? No pollution outside. you are trying to manipulate our minds.

#43

Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog

Buildings In Beijing Surrounded By Smog

China Photo Press Report

#44

Dry 'river' In Northern Bali - When The Rains Come The Plastic Washes Out To Sea.

Dry 'river' In Northern Bali - When The Rains Come The Plastic Washes Out To Sea.

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#45

Indonesian Forest Transformed Into Palm Plantation

Indonesian Forest Transformed Into Palm Plantation

populationspeakout.org Report

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BekkaWilson
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so sad to see, and is the reason younger generations will probably only see orangutans in zoological museums

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#46

Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On The Yangtze River

Workers Clean Up Floating Garbage On The Yangtze River

Reuters Report

#47

Terrible Pollution In India's Rivers

Terrible Pollution In India's Rivers

businessinsider.in Report

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ErinSmith
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I don't understand what I'm looking at. It looks like foam/bubbles...?

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#48

Brazil Drought

Brazil Drought

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#49

Pollution From A Factory In Yutian, 100km East Of Beijing

Pollution From A Factory In Yutian, 100km East Of Beijing

Peter Parks Report

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#50

Plastic Sandals Found On Beaches In Raja Ampat

Plastic Sandals Found On Beaches In Raja Ampat

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

glad they took it and save the place from this garbage. raja ampat is beautiful place. one of the best place for diving on the ocean.

#51

Part Of The Amazonian Jungle In Brazil, Burnt Down To Be “Repurposed”

Part Of The Amazonian Jungle In Brazil, Burnt Down To Be “Repurposed”

populationspeakout.org Report

#52

An Elderly Man Uses A Broom To Sweep Away A Burst Of Algal Bloom From The Surface Of A Pond In Order To Bathe In Jiaxing

An Elderly Man Uses A Broom To Sweep Away A Burst Of Algal Bloom From The Surface Of A Pond In Order To Bathe In Jiaxing

darksideof.com Report

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

yeah, and he's washing out the shampoo or something like that out of his head. Way to go.

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#53

Cat And Trash At A Beautiful Beach In The Westsahara, Morocco

Cat And Trash At A Beautiful Beach In The Westsahara, Morocco

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Bacony
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4 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Well, it WAS beautiful until the hoomans appeared and dumped artificial danger noodles and bubble wrap over it.

#54

Pollution In Tiananmen Square In China

Pollution In Tiananmen Square In China

soymedioambiente.com Report

#55

Girl And Her Father Collect Water From Puddle At Dried-up Reservoir, Baofeng County

Girl And Her Father Collect Water From Puddle At Dried-up Reservoir, Baofeng County

Reuters Report

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#56

Blizzard Of Nor'easters No Surprise Thanks To Climate Change

Blizzard Of Nor'easters No Surprise Thanks To Climate Change

Derek Gee Report

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#57

Madhya Pradesh,in.:cows Awaiting Death,poisoned By Plasic,eaten With Food In The Garbage.

Madhya Pradesh,in.:cows Awaiting Death,poisoned By Plasic,eaten With Food In The Garbage.

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#58

A River In The Suburbs Of Mumbai.

A River In The Suburbs Of Mumbai.

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#59

Plastic Kochin, India

Plastic Kochin, India

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Terrible! I was there with my family 2008 and it didn´t look like this then....

#60

Open Dumping In The Streets Of New Delhi, India

Open Dumping In The Streets Of New Delhi, India

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#61

Taken At A Tourist Spot In India - 2011

Taken At A Tourist Spot In India - 2011

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LauraPiper
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I suppose it only takes one t****r to throw a bottle down there and the rest will follow!!

#63

Derilect Building In Johannesburg

Derilect Building In Johannesburg

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#64

The Ship-breakers Of Bangladesh

The Ship-breakers Of Bangladesh

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MirekPraha
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ship-breakers area good example of recycling business. This photo is not about pollution at all.

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#65

Landfill Perimeter 2 Days After Being Cleaned

Landfill Perimeter 2 Days After Being Cleaned

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Viomery
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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

thats just crazy, some ppl just cant keep anything clean

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#71

Shall We Take A Swim In Plastic Soup, We Don't Have To Go Far...

Shall We Take A Swim In Plastic Soup, We Don't Have To Go Far...

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9 years ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

why I boycott the filthy stuff - If you want to cut your plastic footprint check out plastic free alternatives www.plasticisrubbish.com

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Future Of Wildlife

Future Of Wildlife

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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Pelican Unable To Fly Due To A Plastic Wire Around Its Legs

Pelican Unable To Fly Due To A Plastic Wire Around Its Legs

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Pollution In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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#95

Radioactive Pollution Of Gabes Coast (tunisia)

Radioactive Pollution Of Gabes Coast (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Pollution In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Tunisian Chemical Group Ecocide In Gabes (tunisia)

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The Dog's Really Want To Eat Something (romania)