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Migrant families sleep on the sea front in tents on August 31, 2015 in Kos, Greece. Migrants from many parts of the Middle East and African nations continue to flood into Europe before heading from Athens, north to the Macedonian border. Since the beginning of 2015 the number of migrants using the so-called ‘Balkans route’ has exploded with migrants arriving in Greece from Turkey and then travelling on through Macedonia and Serbia before entering the EU via Hungary. The number of people leaving their homes in war torn countries such as Syria, marks the largest migration of people since World War II. (Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Guatemala’s President Otto Perez Molina, center, leaves a press conference followed by his spokesman Jorge Ortega, in Guatemala City, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The head of Guatemala’s congress says that lawmakers would decide on Tuesday whether to lift Perez Molina’s immunity from prosecution in a corruption case, as recommended by a legislative committee. (AP Photo/Luis Soto)

Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson explains outside state district court, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2015, in Houston, how Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was gunned down. Shannon Miles has been charged with capital murder in the death. Miles first shot the 10-year veteran in the back of the head and fired multiple times, authorities said Monday. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)Venus Williams of the United States returns a shot against Monica Puig of Puerto Rico during her Women’s Singles First Round match on Day One of the 2015 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

A policeman (C) secures an area as people offer prayers at the reopened Erawan shrine in central Bangkok on August 31, 2015. Thai police said they had found bomb-making materials over the weekend in a second apartment following the arrest of a suspect over the Bangkok shrine bombing that left 20 people dead. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images)Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the Democratic National Committee summer meeting on August 28, 2015 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Could Clinton or her aides be in legal jeopardy if they sent classified information over unsecure email while she was secretary of state? Experts in government secrecy law see almost no possibility of criminal action in the Clinton case, given the evidence that has so far been made public. Clinton’s case appears to differ markedly from those of other prominent government officials who got in trouble for mishandling classified information, including former CIA director David Petraeus, who gave top secret information to his paramour, and former CIA director John Deutch, who took highly classified material home with him. (Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Monserrat Gutierrez, dressed as vocaloid Kasane Teto, rests on a green lawn as she waits to compete in the individual cosplayer category costume contest, during the Yuukai Expo, in Managua, Nicaragua, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015. The expo is celebrating its second annual one day event for the lover of Japanese culture and anime. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix)

Ukrainian protesters, one using police riot equipment, clash with police after a vote to give greater powers to the east, outside the Parliament, Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 31, 2015. The Ukrainian parliament has given preliminary approval to a controversial constitutional amendment that would provide greater powers to separatist regions in the east. Hundreds of people gathered in front of the parliament to protest against the amendment. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Croatia’s Marin Cilic returns a shot to Argentina’s Guido Pella during their 2015 US Open Mens Singles round 1 match at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 31, 2015. AFP PHOTO/JEWEL SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)Chinese popular human rights activist Chen Guangcheng poses in Paris on August 31, 2015. Chen, who enraged authorities by exposing forced abortions and sterilizations under China’s one-child-only policy, escaped from house arrest in April 2012 and fled to the US embassy days ahead of a visit by Hillary Clinton. (Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images)Migrants walk on a platform after arriving from Budapest at Vienna’s Westbahnhof railway station Austria, on August 31, 2015. After arriving at Vienna’s Westbahnhof, many of the migrants then boarded a train to Salzburg, while others climbed on to another one headed for Munich, with police looking on, an AFP correspondent at the scene said. (Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images)A performer in costume at the Notting Hill Carnival on August 31, 2015 in London, England. (Daniel C Sims/Getty Images)

Hurricane Katrina was the costliest and one of the deadliest hurricanes in American history. Check out how some of the worst affected areas fare one decade after.

WDBJ news anchor Chris Hurst pauses as he is overcome with emotion while holding a photo album that was created by fellow reporter and girlfriend Alison Parker, in Roanoke, Va., Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Vester Lee Flanagan opened fire during a live on-air interview for WDBJ, killing Parker and cameraman Adam Ward. (Erica Yoon/The Roanoke Times via AP)

People demonstrate in demand of Guatemalan President Otto Perez to step down over a corruption scandal, in Guatemala City on Aug. 27, 2015. Perez suffered a double setback Wednesday, after the country’s top prosecutor called for his resignation and his ex-vice president was maintained in jail for tax fraud. (Orlando Sierra/AFP/Getty Images)

Bedouin women take part in a protest against a plan to uproot the Umm Al-Hiran village, which is not recognized by the Israeli government, near the southern city of Beersheba in the Negev desert, on Aug. 27, 2015. In May Israel’s Supreme Court approved the removal of 750-1,000 Bedouin residents from the southern Negev village of Umm al-Hiran to enable the construction of a Jewish town. According to Human Rights Watch, the villagers say they were expelled from their land in 1948, when the state of Israel was established, and while they have been allowed to live there, Israel never recognized the village or approved a zoning plan for it. (Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

A migrants’ group stands at a collection point of the Hungarian police near the Hungarian village of Roszke, at the Hungarian-Serbian border on Aug. 27, 2015. As Hungary scrambles to ramp up defenses on its border with Serbia, refugees continued to surge into the country in record numbers, police figures confirmed. (Csaba Segesvari/AFP/Getty Images)

Student protesters Joshua Wong (C L) and Nathan Law (C R) stand outside the Wanchai police station in Hong Kong on Aug. 27, 2015. The students reported to police for investigation into their participation in the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy movement. (Philippe Lopez/AFP/Getty Images)

Warragamba Dam spills water over the edge after reaching capacity on Aug. 27, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. Warragamba Dam, Sydney’s main reservoir, last spilled in June, 2013. (Brett Hemmings/Getty Images)

Citizens wearing raincoats drive electric motor bikes in the rain on Aug. 26, 2015 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province of China. South China’s Zhengzhou City encountered severe convective weather on Wednesday afternoon. (ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton leaves court at the conclusion of his hearing on his felony securities indictment, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Fort Worth, Texas. Paxton pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges alleging that he defrauded investors before he became the state’s top lawyer, and his attorney Joe Kendall announced that he would no longer represent him. (Star-Telegram/Rodger Mallison via AP, Pool)

Lebanese riot policemen take a rest near the government building during a lull in anti-government protests over an ongoing trash collection crisis, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. Beirut has been jolted by daily protests for the past week, including two massive demonstrations that turned violent over the weekend. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Students clash with the riot police during a demonstration against an education reform plan pushed by the government of President Michelle Bachelet, in Santiago, Chile, on Aug. 27, 2015. Critics say the reforms fall short of overhauling a highly unequal education system inherited from the 1973-1990 dictatorship of late ruler Augusto Pinochet. (Claudio Reyes/AFP/Getty Images)

Police clash with victims of toxic investments made by former Banco Espirito Santo (BES) now Novo Banco (New Bank) during a protest in front of the Novo Bank headquarters in Lisbon on Aug. 27, 2015. (PATRICIA DE Melo Moreira/AFP/Getty Images)

While jury still deliberate, former St. Paul’s School student Owen Labrie, left, leaves the Merrimack Superior Court at the end of day with security in tow Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Concord, N.H. Labrie is charged with raping a 15-year-old freshman as part of Senior Salute, in which seniors try to romance and have intercourse with underclassmen before leaving the prestigious St. Paul’s School in Concord. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter, Pool)

President Barack Obama is greeted by a woman during a tour of the Treme neighborhood Aug. 27, 2015, in New Orleans. President Obama visited New Orleans on Thursday to praise its people’s “extraordinary resilience,” 10 years after Hurricane Katrina ravaged the “Big Easy” and shattered Americans’ confidence in government. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

Colombian citizens cross the bordering Tachira River as they leave Venezuela with their belongings, arriving in Cucuta, Colombia, on Aug. 27, 2015. Hundreds of Colombians are fleeing Venezuela, opting to leave the country with their belongings rather than be deported empty-handed like more than 1,000 people sent home in an escalating border crisis. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro ordered the border between Tachira and the Colombian department of Norte de Santander closed last week in response to an attack by unidentified assailants on a military patrol, which wounded a civilian and three soldiers on an anti-smuggling operation. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

A masked kurdish militant holds a molotov cocktails in front of a barricade during clashes with Turkish police on Aug. 27,2015, in the Gazi district of Istanbul. Five people, including two children and a soldier, were killed in clashes between Kurdish militants and security forces in Turkey’s restive Kurdish-majority southeast on Aug. 27, 2015, local officials and the army said. (Ozan Kose/AFP/Getty Images)

Forensic officers stand in front of a truck inside which were found a large number of dead migrants on a motorway near Neusiedl am See, Austria, on Aug. 27, 2015. The vehicle, which contained between 20 and 50 bodies, was found on a parking strip off the highway in Burgenland state, police spokesman Hans Peter Doskozil said at a press conference with Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner. (Dieter Nagl/AFP/Getty Images)

Captain Ed Lloyd Owen links arms with Chelsea Pensioner Marjorie Cole as he completes his ‘Short Walk Home’ in aid of Walking With The Wounded on Aug. 27, 2015 in London, England. The walk from Cyprus to London has taken 5 months covering covering 11 Countries. The British Army Officer Captain has raised over 21,000 GBP for Walking for the Wounded. (Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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A Greek police officer gives orders to Syrian refugees as they wait to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, in the border town of Idomeni , northern Greece, on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. The U.N.’s refugee agency said it expects 3,000 people to cross Macedonia daily in the coming days. Greece has borne the brunt of a record number of refugees and migrants heading to Europe. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Widows of retired Indian soldiers participate in a relay hunger strike in New Delhi, India, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015. Indian soldiers have been protesting in New Delhi for weeks demanding what they call the “One Rank One Pension” (OROP) scheme to be implemented by the government. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Thai Department of National Parks (DNP) workers display pieces of ivory during a destruction of confiscated ivory exercise at the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation in Bangkok on Aug. 26, 2015. Thailand destroyed more than two tonnes of ivory—a victory for animal rights groups fighting against the trade in a country renowned for being a hub for illegal tusks. (Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images)

People shout slogans and hold up placards reading “violation of the constitution” (red ones) and “scrap security bills” (blue ones), during a rally in Tokyo on Aug. 26, 2015 organized by lawyers against Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s controversial security bills which would expand the remit of the country’s armed forces. Several thousand of lawyers, scholars, students and citizens took part in the rally. Opponents of the controversial security bills, which passed through Japan’s powerful lower house of parliament in mid-July, say the bills will undermine 70 years of pacifism and could see Japanese troops fighting abroad for the first time since World War II. (Toru Yamanaka/AFP/Getty Images)

Singer Charlotte Church (C) takes part in a Greenpeace protest outside the Shell building on Aug. 26, 2015 in London, England. Greenpeace have been protesting against arctic drilling with an orchestra for some time outside the London headquarters of oil giant Shell. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

American special forces soldiers advance as a chinook helicopter takes off during the “Swift Response” airborne training exercise in Hohenfels, southern Germany on Aug. 26, 2015. Some 5,000 soldiers from 11 NATO nations participate in simultaneous multinational airborne operations across Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania. (Philipp Guelland/AFP/Getty Images)

Debris are seen following a rocket attack in the government-controlled Syrian central city of Homs on Aug. 26, 2015, which reportedly killed three people and injured 25. In four years of conflict between the Syrian regime, rebel, Islamist and Kurdish forces, a total of more than 240,000 people have been killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

An inflatable cow stand roadside as dairy farmers walk along highway N-601on the third day of an action dubbed “White March” in defense of the dairy sector between the towns of Ceinos de Campos and Medina de Rioseco in on Aug. 26, 2015. Participants started in Leon and will make a dozen stops on their way to Madrid, marching 20 to 25 km each time, before a final protest in the capital outside the agricultre ministry on Sept 4. (Cesar Manso/AFP/Getty Images)

A Palestinian woman takes a selfie during a military parade organised by the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ armed wing, on Aug. 26, 2015, in Gaza City. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

Investigators look at the body of WDBJ-TV cameraman Adam Ward after he and reporter Alison Parker were fatally shot during an on-air interview, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015, in Moneta, Va. Authorities identified the suspect as fellow journalist Vester Lee Flanagan II, who appeared on WDBJ-TV as Bryce Williams. Flanagan was fired from the station earlier this year. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Lebanese activists march towards the American University hospital in downtown Beirut on Aug. 26, 2015, in support of the protesters injured in clashes with police following demonstrations calling for a solution to weeks of uncollected rubbish and for the government’s resignation. Since August 22, people have gathered in central Beirut for demonstrations that began over a trash crisis but evolved into an outlet for deep-seated frustrations over government impotence. (Anwar Amro/AFP/Getty Images)

Members of Venezuelan National guard (background) and the Colombian Army (foreground) stand guard along the banks of the bordering Tachira river, as seen from Cucuta, Colombia, on Aug. 26, 2015. Hundreds of Colombians fled Venezuela Tuesday, opting to leave the country with their belongings rather than be deported empty-handed like more than 1,000 people sent home in an escalating border crisis. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman dressed as Nicaraguan First Lady Rosario Murillo performs during a protest against the electoral system in Managua, on Aug. 26, 2015. (Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian migrants arrive on a ferry carrying about 2,500 migrants from the Greek islands to the main port of Piraeus on Aug. 26, 2015 in Athens, Greece. Greece has been overwhelmed this year by record numbers of migrants arriving on its eastern Aegean islands, with more than 160,000 arriving since January. (Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange during the afternoon of Aug. 26, 2015 in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed nearly 620 points up, erasing some of the losses from earlier in the week. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Protesters blocking a street are removed by police in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2015. Hundreds blocked several streets to protest against corruption in the administration of President Juan Orlando Hernandez who is being accused of using public funds for his 2013 election campaign. (AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

Supporters of Guinea’s exiled former junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara demonstrate in front of soldiers, on Aug. 26, 2015 at the airport in Conakry. A plane carrying Guinea’s exiled former junta chief Moussa Dadis Camara back home to Conakry, where he hopes to run for president in October, was diverted to Ghana on August 26, according to his political party. The situation angered scores of the former coup leader’s supporters waiting for him in Conakry, who blocked access to the airport’s parking and threw stones at police who fired tear gas to disperse them, according to an AFP reporter at the scene. (Cellou Binani/AFP/Getty Images)

A young penguin is weighed during a photocall at London Zoo on Aug. 26, 2015, to promote the zoo’s annual weigh-in event. With more than 17,000 animals to weigh, the exercise is carried out on a regular basis by zookeepers as a way of keeping track of every animals health and wellbeing. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s the National Dog Day everyone! No, it’s not an official holiday, in case you wondered. It was started in 2004 by Pet & Family Lifestyle Expert Colleen Paige to recognize the role of dogs in our lives, as protectors, companions, helpers, and rescuers. It also aims to raise awareness about dogs that need rescuing.
Let’s then, in the spirit of the National Dog Day, enjoy these 10 dog pictures, each captivating in its own right.
It is not quite certain how many dogs there are in the United States. The American Veterinary Medical Association estimated about 70 million dogs were owned in the country in its 2012 U.S. Pet Ownership & Demographics Sourcebook.
Every year, almost 4 million dogs end up in shelters, according to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. More than a million of them are put down.
“All a dog wants to do is love and protect you. That’s all,” Colleen Paige states on her website. “Dogs are amazing, courageous, sensitive, and sentient beings that deserve compassion and respect.”
In almost third of the cases where owners give up a dog, it is because their place doesn’t allow them to keep a dog. Perhaps they moved to a new apartment and the landlord doesn’t want dogs. Or perhaps this is just the most convenient reason people are comfortable giving to surveyers. One in 10 dogs is given up because the owner has a problem with the pet’s behavior.
It costs about $1,300 a year to have a dog, according to Statista.com. So, if you’re up to it, perhaps use today’s occasion to adopt a dog, or donate to a shelter, or at least pet one.

South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-Pyo (L) shakes hands with Kim Yang-Gon, a senior North Korean official responsible for South Korean affairs, as South Korean presidential security adviser Kim Kwan-Jin looks on after their meeting at the Panmunjom on Aug. 25, 2015, in Paju, South Korea. Both countries came to an agreement to ease tensions after an exchange of artillery fire last week. (South Korean Unification Ministry via Getty Images)

The Minumurra River floods farm land in Jamberoo on Aug. 25, 2015, in Jamberoo, Australia. Residents downstream of the Jerrara dam which feeds into the river have been evacuated following the flooding of Jerrara dam. (Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Smoke billows from Ain El-Helweh Palestinian refugee camp near Lebanon’s southern port city of Sidon during fighting between members of Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas’s Fatah movement and Islamist militants on Aug. 25, 2015. Tensions between Islamists and Fatah have risen in recent months in the refugee camp. In July, two people were killed in clashes between the two sides. (Mahmoud Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on August 25, 2015 in New York City. Following a day of steep drops in global markets, the Dow Jones industrial average rallied early in the day only to fall over 200 points at the close. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Lava flows out of the Piton de la Fournaise volcano, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, as it erupts on Aug. 25, 2015, on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. The volcano started to erupt on August 24, 2015 for the fourth time since the beginning of the year, according to a statement released by the Prefecture. (Richard Bouhet/AFP/Getty Images)

A Cambodian police official holds packets of marijuana for the media in a room filled with bags of the narcotic at the Anti-Drug Department in Phnom Penh on Aug. 25, 2015. Cambodian police on Aug. 25 said they have made a large seizure of nearly 1.5 tonnes of marijuana packed into coffee bags that worth more than 7 million USD in Western markets. (Tang Chhin Sothy/AFP/Getty Images)

Afghan mourners offer funeral prayers during a ceremony after a series of explosions at a gas storage facility on the edge of the western city of Herat on Aug/ 25, 2015. At least 11 people including several children were killed in a series of explosions at a gas storage facility on the edge of the western city of Herat, officials said on Aug. 25. The explosions triggered an inferno which spread to a nearby camp for internally displaced people where most of the deaths occurred. (Aref Karimi/AFP/Getty Images)

A police investigator (C) and firemen walk among wreckage left by a fire that struck a sports hall that was intended to house refugees and migrants applying for asylum in Germany on Aug. 25, 2015, in Nauen, Germany. Police announced they have ruled out a technical source as causing the fire and are assuming arson is to blame. Germany has seen a spate of protests, arson attacks and violence in recent weeks from right-wing groups opposed to Germany accepting more refugees. German authorities recently announced they expect 800,000 refugees and migrants to arrive in the country this year, many of them from war-torn countries including Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

An African illegal migrant carries his belongings following his release from the Holot Detention Centre in Israel’s Negev desert, on Aug. 25, 2015. Israel began releasing hundreds of African migrants from the detention center after a court order, but the asylum-seekers were barred from entering two cities. A recent court decision ordered Israel to release the illegal migrants held for more than a year at a detention centre in the Negev desert, a ruling affecting 1,178 of the asylum-seekers. (Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Telephone poles lean after Typhoon Goni hit Kamimine town, Saga prefecture, southwestern Japan, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. The powerful typhoon damaged buildings, tossed around cars and flooded streets in southwestern Japan on Tuesday before heading out to the Sea of Japan. (Masahito Ono/Kyodo News via AP)

Tens of thousands of protesters from Gujarat’s Patel community participate in a rally in Ahmadabad, India, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. The members of the community from this western Indian state are demanding affirmative action for better access to education and employment. (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

People protest in front of the Embassy of the Russian Federation to support Oleg Sentsov and other political prisoners in Kiev, Ukraine, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2105. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Citizens walk on handrail as severe flooding blocks the road on Aug. 24, 2015, in Shanghai, China. Shanghai Central Meteorological Observatory has issued yellow and orange alert to rainstorm as the accumulated precipitation data within three hours will rise to 50 mm in most part of Shanghai City. (ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)

Syrian refugees wait near the border railway station of Idomeni, northern Greece, in order to be allowed by the Macedonian police to cross the border from Greece to Macedonia, Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. The U.N.’s refugee agency said it expects 3,000 people to cross Macedonia daily in the coming days. Greece has been overwhelmed this year by record numbers of migrants who have been arriving on a number of Greek islands. (AP Photo/Santi Palacios)

Colombians deported from Venezuela return for their belongings and carry them across the Tachira River, border between the two countries, to Cucuta, in the Colombian North of Santander Department, on Aug. 25, 2015. Over a thousand Colombians “who did not have any type of identification” had been deported since Friday, according to the governor of the Venezuelan state of Tachira, Jose Gregorio Vielma. On Aug. 21 Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro indefinitely closed his country’s border with Colombia and declared a state of emergency in part of the frontier region following an attack on Wednesday that wounded four people. (Luis Acosta/AFP/Getty Images)

Lebanese protesters set fire to barriers and trash behind the barbed wire separating them from the police, during a protest against the trash crisis and government corruption in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015. The powerful Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah threw its weight behind mass protests calling for the government’s resignation Tuesday, deepening a crisis that started over trash collection but is tapping into a much deeper malaise. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

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Lebanese activists chant slogans during an anti-government protest in front the main Lebanese government building, downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Organizers of the “You stink” protests that have captivated the Lebanese capital postponed anti-government demonstrations set for Monday evening after a night of violent clashes with police during which dozens of protesters and police officers were wounded. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar) Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko hands over a flag of a military unit as a soldier kisses the flag before a military parade on the occasion of Ukraine’s Independence Day in the capital Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Speaking at the parade, President Petro Poroshenko said Ukraine would continue to increase its troop numbers in order to fend off the attacks of separatist rebels. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Pool)Thousands of Palestinian United Nations workers demonstrate against measures the organization has taken to overcome an acute financial crisis in Gaza City, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. The protest today outside the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Gaza headquarter was the largest in a series of demonstrations in recent weeks, called up by the agency’s Local Staff Union. The protesters say they want the UNRWA’s Commissioner-General Pierre Krähenbühl to cancel amendments that allow him to impose a one-year unpaid leave on staff when needed and increase the number of students in classrooms. (AP Photo/ Khalil Hamra)Disaster response personnel walk next to the wreckage of an Indian Air Force MiG-21 Bison aircraft that crashed in Soibugh on the outskirts of Srinagar on Aug. 24, 2015. The pilot bailed out and was rescued by an army helicopter near the crash site, after the aircraft went down on a routine training flight, officials said. (Tauseef Mustafa/AFP/Getty Images) NASA astronauts shot this unusual photograph of a red sprite above the white light of an active thunderstorm. The sprite was 2,200 kilometers (1,400 miles) away, high over Missouri or Illinois; the lights of Dallas, Texas appear in the foreground. (NASA)A trader works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Aug. 24, 2015, in New York. As the global economy continues to react from events in China, markets dropped significantly around the world on Monday. The Dow Jones industrial average briefly dropped over 1000 points in morning trading. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (L-R) French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with Off-duty serviceman Spencer Stone next to off-duty serviceman Alek Skarlatos on Aug. 24, 2015, during a reception at the Elysee Palace in Paris, to be awarded with France’s top Legion d’Honneur medal in recognition of their bravery after they overpowered the train attacker. (Michel Euler/AFP/Getty Images) Conservation activists hold banners as they demonstrate in Nairobi, on Aug. 24, 2015, against the release on bail of suspected ringleader of an ivory smuggling gang Feisal Mohammed Ali on Aug. 21 by a court in Mombasa, where he has been in jail since December last year after he was arrested by Interpol agents in Dar es Salaam. “Ivory kingpin” Ali is charged with possession of and dealing in elephant tusks weighing more than two tonnes — equivalent to at least 114 slaughtered elephants and worth an estimated $4.5 million (4.2 million euros). (Tony Karumba/AFP/Getty Images) A woman squats in a window of a badly flooded hall after strong rains hit Shanghai on Aug. 24, 2015. Heavy rains brought by a cold front and enhanced by passing Typhoon Goni, currently near Japan’s Okinawa islands, brought flooding to many districts across Shanghai. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) A boy from Syria standing at the entrance of a tent cries and calls for his mother in the port of Mytilene, on the Greek Aegean island of Lesbos, on Aug. 24, 2015. With 1200 to 2000 people reaching the shores of the island in inflatable boats from Turkey on a daily basis, both of the island’s transit camps are full, and many migrants choose to sleep in the port and parks. An aid groupd warned on August 18 that an unprecedented spike in refugee arrivals on Greek shores is pushing the resort island of Lesbos to “breaking point”. In the week prior to that alone, 20,843 migrants—virtually all of them fleeing war and persecution in Syria, Afghanistan and Iraq—have arrived in Greece, which has seen around 160,000 migrants land on its shores since January. (Achilleas Zavallis/AFP/Getty Images) A baby and a woman, framed by a life buoy, who were rescued together other migrants, wait to disembark from the Irish Navy vessel LE Niamh at the Messina harbor in Sicily, Italy, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. Italy’s coast guard says it coordinated the rescue of some 4,400 migrants in a single day, Sunday, a record-setting number, as smugglers took advantage of idea sea conditions off Libya to launch a fleet of overcrowded, unseaworthy boats. (AP Photo/Carmelo Imbesi) Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane departs after her preliminary hearing Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, at the Montgomery County courthouse in Norristown, Pa. Kane is accused of leaking secret grand jury information to the press, lying under oath and ordering aides to illegally snoop through computer files to keep tabs on an investigation into the leak. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) James Stumbo (2nd L) and Kevin Norton (R) both of Iowa, stand in court during their arraignment at Boston Municipal Court in Boston, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015, with their lawyers Steven Goldwyn (L) and John O’Neill, Jr., (2nd R). Stumbo and Norton were arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and other firearms charges after allegedly threatening the Pokémon World Championships at Hynes Convention Center in Boston. (Chitose Suzuki/Boston Herald via AP, Pool) Palestinian boys ride a donkey to go to school on the first day of the new school year on Aug. 24, 2015, in the West Bank village of Susya, south-east of Hebron. (Hazem Bader/AFP/Getty Images)

Every year, millions of pounds of trash get dumped into the Pacific Ocean, which together form large islands of waste known collectively as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.
The pollutants are too numerous to remove individually, but a few years ago the Dutch wunderkind Boyan Slat, who was only 21 at the time, started promoting the idea of using giant floating barriers to passively clean up the ocean using the natural movement of ocean currents.
The Ocean Cleanup Array. Pictured is the center of the V, including the collection station. (Erwin Zwart / The Ocean Cleanup)
Slat has since founded the Ocean Cleanup Project to execute the largest ocean cleanup in history.
The project so far has a 6,500-foot-long prototype of the barriers, which is scheduled for deployment in May 2016 near Tsushima, a Japanese island off the coast of South Korea. Slat plans to eventually expand the project all over the Pacific beginning in 2020 with a 62-mile-long cleanup barrier.
In July it launched a three-week reconnaissance mission with a fleet of 30 ships to survey the swirling islands of garbage found across the ocean and collect samples along the way, reportedly the largest ocean expedition in history.

The vessels deployed surface trawlers to gather plastic samples and high altitude aerial balloons to detect plastics that were hard to find.
“With every trawl we completed, thousands of miles from land, we just found lots and lots of plastic,” said Julia Reisser, lead oceanographer at The Ocean Cleanup, in a statement.
On Aug. 23, the first group of vessels arrived at the San Francisco harbor, and although the samples haven’t been fully analyzed yet, the news wasn’t good.
“The vast majority of the plastic in the garbage patch is currently locked up in large pieces of debris, but UV light is breaking it down into much more dangerous microplastics, vastly increasing the amount of microplastics over the next few decades if we don’t clean it up. It really is a ticking time bomb,” Slat said in the statement.
Simplified map showing 50 transects between Hawaii and California, illustrating the scale of the Mega Expedition research area (3.5 million km2). (Erwin Zwart / The Ocean Cleanup)

Map showing the 50 transects the Mega Expedition will perform based on routing information provided by the skippers before they left port. (Lys-Anne Sirks / The Ocean Cleanup)

Collection of ‘manta trawls,’ which are being deployed by all Mega Expedition vessels to study the spatial distribution of plastic, Honolulu, Hawaii, July 27, 2015. (Stella Diamant / The Ocean Cleanup)

Mega Expedition mothership R/V Ocean Starr deploying the two 6 meter-wide ‘mega nets,’ two ‘manta trawls,’ and its survey balloon with camera at the center of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, Aug. 4, 2015. (Skyframes / The Ocean Cleanup)

Underwater photo of deployed ‘manta trawl’ by Mega Expedition volunteer vessel Between The Sheets, at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, August 2015. (Crew aboard Between The Sheets/The Ocean Cleanup)

‘Codends’ filled with plastic particles after trawling the Great Pacific Garbage Patch for one hour, at the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, August 2015. (Crew aboard ExtremeH20/The Ocean Cleanup)

Ocean Cleanup CEO and founder Boyan Slat and Julia Reisser, lead oceanographer, examining samples of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, aboard Mega Expedition mothership R/V Ocean Starr, at Pier 30/32, San Francisco, Aug. 23, 2015. (KJB/The Ocean Cleanup)

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Spaniard Manu Brabo studied photography in The School of Arts and Crafts in Oviedo and then journalism in Carlos III University in Madrid. His first big break came in 2011, coming on board with the Associated Press to cover the crisis in Libya.
Right away, Brabo started to submit photos with his signature style: Raw. He is the bona fide war zone photographer, he’s there shooting when the soldiers are shooting and he’s there afterwards photographing the wounded, the dead, and the living grieving over their dead. Sometimes, his images are so point-blank graphic, that they are painful to look at. And it is true that some pictures, though definitely impactful, I just couldn’t make myself to include in the gallery.
Perhaps it was this gutsy approach that caused Brabo to fall into Libyan captivity in 2011. Fortunately, he was later released.
Still in 2011, he moved to Egypt and in 2012 to Syria. Along with fellow AP photographers, Rodrigo Abd, Khalil Hamra, and Muhammed Muheisen, Brabo was awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Photography.
His photos of the conflict in Syria are truly staggering. Not only does he capture the grief and suffering of the war, but also moments of joy and ordinary life. The war in Syria claimed estimated 30,000 lives and its repercussions are felt far beyond its borders, if only through the influx of Syrian refugees. It is people like Manu Brabo who remind us of its realities and sometimes also shake us up, hopefully to wake up our compassion.

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