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Photo by Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario | Inbar Shimon with the Israel Border Police patrols a covered market in March 2019. The border police are a cross between police and military and service there counts toward obligatory military conscription in the Israel Defense Forces. The border police first incorporated women in 1995. Here they are patrolling in the volatile city of Hebron, near the Cave of the Patriarchs. This picture is an outtake from a story for National Geographic's November Women's Issue. To see more of my work, follow @lynseyaddario.

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Photo by @stevewinterphoto | Over the past three decades, the oldest and thickest ice in the Arctic has declined by a stunning 95 percent, according to NOAA. The sea in the Arctic has changed dramatically, which impacts polar bears, walruses, and other Arctic creatures. If ice continues to melt, the planet will warm further as the dark ocean water absorbs large amounts of solar heating that used to be deflected by the bright white ice. We followed this polar bear as we sailed by in the Icebreaker "M/V Kinfish." @natgeoimagecollection

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Photos and video by @babaktafreshi | A rare celestial sight beyond the visual limit of our eyes happened on November 11. The tiny disk of Mercury, the dot above the statue’s shoulder, traversed the sun's face during a five-hour transit. Mercury’s diameter is about the width of the continental U.S., roughly 40% of the Earth, and 285 times less than the sun's diameter. Swipe to see a time-lapse video and earlier view of the transit “first contact” through parting clouds in the city of Providence. The Independent Man bronze statue crowning the Rhode Island State House was framed in this super-telephoto capture, safely done by a solar filter on the lens. ⁣The next transit of Mercury happens in November 2032. #mercurytransit #astrophotography #providence #rhodeisland

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Photo by @hammondRobin | “What about growing older? What are your thoughts on that?” I asked Tom. A man of few words, he replied with a wry smile, “Hopefully. Yes.” I think he was being funny, but his sense of humour was so dry it was hard to tell. Dementia has taken much from Tom, but not his smile. In 2017 the condition affected 50 million people globally. It will increase to over 150 million people by 2050. These shocking statistics are our parents and grandparents. Very soon they may be you and me. With no cure in sight, we can’t just think about how we avoid dying from dementia. We have to consider how to live with it. You can see more stories from this series by following @onedayinmyworld

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Photos by @carltonward | A large male panther emerges from a wildlife underpass that allows safe passage beneath State Road 80 near Labelle, Florida. The properties on either side of the road are private ranches that have been protected by perpetual conservation easements, funded by The Nature Conservancy (TNC) and other partners. There was already a bridge at this site for cars and trucks to cross over a canal. By adding ledges to the sides of the canal (where TNC Conservation Projects Manager Wendy Mathews walks; third photo) and high fencing on either side of the bridge, conservationists were able to encourage panthers to cross beneath the road rather than through traffic above. Vehicles kill nearly 30 Florida panthers on roads each year—the leading cause of death for the endangered puma. With the pictured segment of the statewide Florida Wildlife Corridor secure, panthers and other wildlife can now move safely from large public lands up to the southern banks of the Caloosahatchee River and the northern Everglades beyond. The Caloosahatchee had been a long-standing barrier to the northward movement of female panthers until late 2016, when the first female panthers were detected on the north side of the river in nearly 50 years. For Florida panthers to reach sustainable numbers, they need access to their historic territory in central and north Florida. Check the link in my bio for a new story connected to my #PathofthePanther project with @insidenatgeo. @PathofthePanther @FLWildCorridor @NatureFlorida #Panther #FloridaWild #KeepFLWild

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Photos by @brentstirton | // Supported by Nat Geo Society/Wyss Campaign for Nature committed to protecting 30% of the planet by 2030. // African Parks is a nonprofit conservation organization that takes on the rehabilitation and management of national parks, in partnership with governments and local communities. I photographed in five parks, and in the course of that whirlwind tour, I caught a glimpse of the extraordinary effort to conserve endangered species in some of the toughest places. This included black rhino care and translocation, rare Kordofan giraffes, West African lions and crocodiles, and the world’s largest elephant herd. African Parks currently manages 16 national parks and protected areas in 10 countries, covering almost 11 million hectares. That represents the largest and most diverse portfolio of parks under management on the African continent. They do this job with a skeleton crew, often living in spartan conditions for years at a time. It’s an incredible effort to ensure the survival of a global conservation heritage. Their goal to is have 20 parks under management by 2020. I’m very grateful to all the AP people who helped us tell their story. @africanparksnetwork #conservation #endangeredspecies #campaignfornature

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Photo by Michael Yamashita @yamashitaphoto | Last prayers of the day at Yusof Ishak Mosque draw a crowd. Singapore’s diverse ethnic mix of peoples brings a wide variety of religions to this tiny country, with Islam being just one. #Singapore #Mosque #prayer

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Photo by Erika Larsen @erikalarsen888 | Jacinda Ardern, photographed in Auckland, New Zealand, February 15, 2019. Jacinda Ardern is a politician serving as the 40th and current prime minister of New Zealand. In anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment, National Geographic is highlighting what it means to be female. As part of that coverage, we photographed luminaries from around the world. Check out the link in our bio to learn about Nat Geo’s groundbreaking new book that showcases an incredible group of history-making women. #NatGeoWomenofImpact

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Photo by @mattiasklumofficial | Strong bonds! They are called vicious, false, and nasty, but all these are mostly human traits. Spotted hyenas are formidable, strong hunters, and efficient scavengers, and there are of course many sides to this incredible predator. I took this photograph of this cub greeting its mother in Mombo Camp in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. Even though hyenas look a lot like dogs, in fact they are more closely related to cats. Young hyenas are called cubs, and female hyenas are wonderful moms. They take excellent care of their babies, and most hyenas provide their cubs with milk for over one year. This is probably a necessity, as many kills are made far from the den, and hyenas do not bring back food and regurgitate it for their young. At about one year, cubs begin to follow their mothers on their hunting and scavenging forays. Until then, they are left behind at the den with a babysitting adult. Please go to @mattiasklumofficial to see images and films from our projects around the world! #spottedhyena #apexspecies #cub #mombo #carnivore @thephotosociety

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Photo by @iantehphotography | When I took this image in 2007, I was struck by how this beautiful scene looked like a sunset over wintery trees at dusk. In fact, it was a chimney belching out flames from a nearby coal plant in Linfen, China. Back then, I was working on a series of images that explored the coal industry in China, which at the time was said to build an average of two coal power stations a week. Since then China has taken great strides to improve its environment. Today it invests more into alternative energy than any country in the world. However, a report published last year by the Global Environment Institute, a U.S.-based research group, found that the country is involved in building or planning over 100 coal-fired power plants across nations involved in its Belt and Road Initiative. #coal #globalwarming #fossilfuels

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Photo by @noralorek | Four years ago the area containing the Bidibidi refugee settlement was a forest in northwestern Uganda. Now it’s a makeshift home for a quarter million refugees who fled the civil war in South Sudan. A year after fleeing her country, Poni Joselin had managed to save some money and started a business in Bidibidi, selling onions, soap, and small fish. Her two-year-old twins and five-year-old son join her every night.

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Photo by @acacia.johnson | Light seeps through a crack in the roof of an ice cave in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Known as "aufeis," this unique type of river ice— which can sometimes cover rivers year-round—is found in parts of Alaska, Russia, Mongolia, and Arctic Canada. I discovered this cave on an expedition to Alaska's Arctic with my father, and I was learning to use a 4x5 film camera. We later heard that Alaska's aufeis has dramatically decreased with warming temperatures in the past few decades—one of many changes I have witnessed in my home of Alaska during my lifetime. Follow me at @acacia.johnson for more stories from Alaska, the Arctic, and beyond. #alaska #aufeis #arcticnationalwildliferefuge

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