Icebreaker Louis Saint Laurent in Resolute Bay, Nunavut Territory , Canada .
Worker resting on bales of cotton, Thonakaha, Korhogo , Ivory Coast . Cotton crops occupy approximately 335,000 square klilometers worldwide, and use nearly one quarter of all pesticides sold
Sand dune in the heart of vegetation on Fraser island, Queensland , Australia . Fraser Island, named after Eliza Fraser, who was shipwrecked on the island in 1836, is the world’s largest sand island. On top of this rather infertile substratum, a humid tropical forest has developed in the midst of which wide dunes intrude, moving with the wind. Fraser Island has important water resources, including nearly 200 freshwater dune lakes, and has varied fauna such as marsupials, birds, and reptiles. Welcoming 200,000 visitors a year without damaging the local fauna and flora is a real challenge to sustainable development on the island, which was declared a World Heritage site by Unesco in 1992.
The Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix basilica in Yamoussoukro , Ivory Coast . In 1983, Yamoussoukro replaced Abidjan as the official capital of Ivory Coast . President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, who died in 1993, made his native village into a modern city with a grid of wide avenues – which are almost deserted – and every modern facility: international airport, luxury hotels, golf course, prestigious universities, and so forth. Yamoussoukro also boasts the world’s biggest basilica, Notre-Dame-de-la-Paix (Our Lady of Peace), consecrated by Pope John Paul II in 1990. The former president, who donated this building to the Vatican , insisted that he had financed the basilica’s cost out of his own personal fortune. This building was seen as a colossal waste by many Ivorians. It was highly controversial in a country that lacks schools and hospitals and has only nine doctors for every 100,000 inhabitants (compared to 413 in Norway )