• Volunteers of the Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research and the International Bird Rescue Research Center run a facility in Fort Jackson, Louisiana, where they clean birds covered in oil from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead. By November 2010, around 8,000 bir
  • Oil released from the failed Deepwater Horizon wellhead rises up to the surface of the Gulf of Mexico amidst an offshore platform drilling a relief well.
  • A small river meanders through pristine forest north of Cuiaba, Para State, Brazil.
  • Thousands of cattle populate a ranch on land cleared from the Amazon rainforest near Agua Boa, Brazil.
  • Placid waters in the Ross Sea reveals the size of an iceberg beneath the surface of the water of the Southern Ocean.
  • Rainforest is cleared with fire for soy and cattle farming between Alta Floresta and Claudia in Mato Grosso state, Brazil.
  • Spared patch of rainforest surrounded by soy fields south of Itaituba, Para State, Brazil.
  • Man made fires to clear the land for cattle or crops. Sao Felix Do Xingu Municipality, Para State, Brazil.
  • Indomoro mine toxic waste runoff. Palangkaraya, Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • A small island in Lake Mai-Ndombe is revealed through the cloud cover in central region of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
  • A ship cuts through a band of oil on the surface of the water. Asubstantial layer of oily sediment stretches for dozens of miles in all directions from the wellhead, suggesting that a large amount of oil did not evaporate or dissipate, but may have inste
  • After extracting the most valuable species, the forest is burned to plant soy or raise cattle, Porto de Moz, Para State, Brazil.
  • Rainforest in the morning mist. Cristalino State Park, Alta Floresta, Mato Grosso, Brazil.
  • Smoke reveals a single tree as a fire burns the Amazon rainforest, clearing the way for cattle or crop farming in Sao Felix Do Xingu municipality, in Para State, Brazil.
  • Ground covered by the purple flowers of the Jambo tree in Bellterra, Para State, Brazil.
  • Paths of oil-free water remain in the calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico from boats attempting to clean up the crude spill off the coast of Louisiana.
  • A pinnacle iceberg floats through the Ross Sea off Antarctica.
  • A small patch of virgin rainforest remians near the edge of a new housing development on the Yucatan Peninsula, in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.
  • Severe drought reveals the remains of a tree on the banks of the Madeira River near Nova Olinda do Norte, Brazil.
  • A gold prospectors camp pollutes a stream in the Amazon rainforest.
  • Half of the rainfall in the Amazon rainforest comes from evaporation within the rainforest canopy, as seen here at the Trairao municipality, Para State, Brazil.
  • The San Rafael glacier ends its journey in Patagonia, Chile.
  • A horse walks across the  lake is almost completely dry during one of the worst droughts ever recorded in the Amazon region, 2005. Para State, Brazil.
  • Eucaliptus plantations on land cleared from the Amazon rainforest  in Ulianopolis Municipality, Para State, Brazil.
  • Oil covers the surface of the Gulf of Mexico on the vicinity of BP's Deepwater Horizon spill source.
  • New palm oil plantation near Sungay Hanyu, Borneo, Indonesia.
  • Waste from a coal mining operation, in Asam-asam Basin, South Eastern Meratus Mountain, Kalimantan, Indonesia.
  • A melting iceberg reflects the color of the water around it in the Ross Sea.
  • Soy field near Belterra, Para State, Brazil.
  • A plume of smoke rises from a burn of collected oil. A total of 411 controlled burns were used to try rid the Gulf of the most visible surface oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon wellhead.
  • Icebergs from Antarctica float through the Ross Sea in the Southern Ocean.
  • A traditional river boat and its crew are stranded on a sand bank during one of the worst droughts ever recorded in the Amazon. Barreirinha, Amazonas State, Brazil.

The pelicans photo was selected to give Daniel Beltrá the Wildlife Photographer of the Year award by the Veolia Environment 2011 photography contest jury.

All images copyright Daniel Beltrá. They are protected by U.S. and international law and may not be copied, published or used in any manner without written permission.

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