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April 22 will mark Earth Day worldwide, an event now in its 42nd year and observed in 175 countries. The original grass-roots environmental action helped spur the Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act in the United States. Gathered here are images of our planet's environment, efforts to utilize renewable alternative sources of energy, and the effects of different forms of pollution. -- Lane Turner and Leanne Burden Seidel (35 photos total)
A ladybug in flight spreads its wings as it flutters from grass blade to grass blade at Rooks Park in Walla Walla, Wash. on April 2, 2012. (Jeff Horner/Walla Walla Union-Bulletin/Associated Press)

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SHOWDOWN: A Yemeni youth held his gun as authorities removed a roadblock in San’a. Labor strikes spread through Yemen Wednesday as workers demanded reforms and dismissals over alleged corruption linked to the country’s outgoing president. (Mohammed Huwais/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE: Elvis the crocodile attacked a lawnmower at the Australian Reptile Park in Gosford, north of Sydney, Wednesday. (Australian Reptile Park via Reuters)

WINTER SALE: Emilio Filipe stood by the window of his clothing shop in Lisbon Wednesday. (Francisco Seco/Associated Press)

COLD CRASH: A Soviet-built jet operated by a Kyrgyz carrier broke its wing, overturned and caught fire Wednesday as it tried to land in deep fog in southern Kyrgyzstan. Thirty-one people were injured, officials said. (AKI Press via Associated Press)

FOOD WAR: Revelers took part in the battle of ‘Enfarinats’ in the town of Ibi, Spain, Wednesday. For 200 years, Ibi’s citizens have celebrated the day with a battle of flour, eggs and firecrackers outside the city town hall. (Jaime Reina/AFP/Getty Images)

CLEANING DAY: A Greek Orthodox monk cleaned the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. Christianity’s holiest churches deteriorated into a brawl between rival clergy Wednesday, as dozens of monks battled each other with brooms until police intervened. (Bernat Armangue/Associated Press)

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