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The eventual aim of the South Suriname Project is to safeguarding the headwaters of Suriname’s most important rivers. (Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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The engagement with communities is a critical element of the South Suriname Project, and it is well under- way with community meetings in six villages in southern Suriname. (Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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Suriname works to balance respect for the tribes living in the rainforest (villages, hunting areas, cultural places) with resource development and ecotourism. This lodge for tourists is well integrated into its environment. (Photo: Courtesy Wilderness Explorers)

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Opening ceremony of the United Nations Climate Summit, September 2014. (Photo: Courtesy United Nations)

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Aerial view from Voltzberg, in the heart of the Central Suriname Nature Reserve. Suriname’s goal is to use extra revenues from oil and minerals to develop more sustainable industries in the long-term: agriculture, forestry, fisheries, tourism and eco-services. (Photo: Courtesy Government of Suriname)

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Many of the pumpkins that are the cornerstones of festivals and events financed by tax dollars were grown with the assistance of pricey farm subsidies. (Associated Press)

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Nichols Bleckley and Colleen Condon, both center, want a federal court in South Carolina to issue a preliminary injunction preventing the state from enforcing its gay marriage ban. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins)

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refugees: Nearly 1,600 migrants fleeing lands controlled by the Islamic State have died in transit to Europe in the past three months alone. (associated press)

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An unidentified woman warms up before the start of the annual Dead Man's Run, a 5k run through the cemetery and surrounding area, on Saturday, October 4, 2014.

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Illustration on U.S. Government's failure to effectively deal with Ebola spreading to America by William Brown/Tribune Content Agency

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Floodwaters cut a residential neighborhood in two last year in Lyons, Colorado. Thousands of people living along Front Range were forced to evacuate. The freak storm, however, was not a result of man-made climate change, a scientific study shows. (Associated Press)

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Tracy Arm, a fiord in southeast Alaska, was described by John Muir as being perhaps even more beautiful than his beloved Yosemite Valley. Photo by Curtis Ellis

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Tracy Arm, a fiord in southeast Alaska, was described by John Muir as being perhaps even more beautiful than his beloved Yosemite Valley. Photo by Curtis Ellis

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Tracy Arm, a fiord in southeast Alaska, was described by John Muir as being perhaps even more beautiful than his beloved Yosemite Valley. Photo by Curtis Ellis

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River of Ice

The Meade glacier fills a valley outside Skagway Alaska. At its lower elevations, it looks like a broad freeway, or river of ice. Photo by Curtis Ellis

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Petersburg Alaska thrives thanks to abundant fishing grounds and a healthy commercial fishing industry. Photo by Curtis Ellis

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Dallas Emergency Management specialist Greg Guthrie works with others branches of government offices in the Office of Emergency Management, Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, in Dallas. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings has activated a city emergency management center after a patient was confirmed with the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the U.S. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

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Transit police in Maryland say they stopped the 29-year-old Michael Phelps at the Fort McHenry Tunnel in Baltimore around 1:40 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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Illustration on Netanyahu's comment that ISIS and Hamas "are branches on the same poisonous tree" by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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The burning of a farm in the Shenandoah Valley, 1864, detail from a contemporary field sketch by Alfred Waud