All along the ragged shore of Chesapeake Bay and the Atlantic coast of the Delmarva Peninsula, north into New England and south into Florida, along the Gulf Coast and parts of the West Coast, people, businesses and governments are confronting rising seas not as a future possibility. For them, the ocean’s rise is a troubling everyday reality.
As Switzerland prepares to vote on a proposal to dramatically limit immigration Reuters photographer Denis Balibouse travelled along the Swiss border from the summit of Breithorn to a stalagmite filled cave and documented the landscapes of this landlocked nation.
Switzerland will vote on November 30 on an initiative from the group Ecopop which proposes a cap on the number of immigrants. The group says it is motivated by concerns about a lack of living space exerting too much pressure on the land and natural resources, rather than by opposition to foreigners. It proposes limiting immigration to just 0.2 percent of the resident population, equivalent to 16,000 people per year. This would represent a cut of more than 75 percent in annual net immigration from current levels. In Switzerland’s system of direct democracy, any voter can trigger a referendum by collecting 100,000 signatures within 18 months.
The first subway line, which connected City Hall with Harlem, opened on Oct. 27, 1904. That four-track line ran under Park Avenue South to Grand Central, across 42nd Street to Times Square, and up Broadway to 145th Street.
“The subway system has come a long way since that fall day in 1904,” said New York City Transit President Carmen Bianco in a news release about the anniversary. “More than 100 years ago, you could only take the subway for that one stretch in Manhattan. Now we can get from the top of the Bronx to the beaches of Far Rockaway with just one swipe of a MetroCard. It’s remarkable how the system has evolved over the years, and we’re excited to show customers what the future will bring with the opening of Fulton Center and the 7 Line extension to the far west side on the horizon.”
Here, we dug up a collection of photos from the Library of Congress and the Detroit Publishing Company that shows the construction and early years of the New York subway system.
Reuters Photographer Wolfgang Rattay traveled to northern Pakistan to trek the K2 base camp trail. K2 is known as the Savage Mountain due to the difficulty of the ascent. Geographically, Pakistan is a climbers paradise. It rivals Nepal for the number of peaks over 7,000 meters and is home to the world’s second tallest mountain, K2, as well as four of the world’s 14 summits higher than 8,000 meters. In more peaceful times, northern Pakistan’s unspoilt beauty was a major tourist draw but the potentially lucrative industry has been blighted by years of violence. The number of expeditions has dwindled, wrecking communities dependent on climbing for income and starving Pakistan’s suffering economy of much-needed dollars.
From the 75th floor of 432 Park Avenue, the 104-unit condominium tower with its 96 stories will officially tower over the rest of the Western Hemisphere topping out at 1,396 feet. The luxury tower will welcome its first residents next year, giving them a breathtaking view stretching from Central Park to the Atlantic Ocean and from Lower Manhattan, where the Freedom Tower is located, to Connecticut.
The once-bustling vacation community north of New York City has been in steady decline since the 1980s. Reuters photographer Carlo Allegri documented a collection of abandoned businesses, houses and buildings in the Catskills region of New York in October 2014.
Reuters photographer Robert Galbraith documented people and towns along West Virginia’s Route 52, or ‘King Coal Highway’ as it’s known. Coal miners have worked in this part of the United States for over a century enjoying the best of the boom times and riding out the bad, the constant refrain being that coal would always be there, the mines would be back. But now with coal production slowing due to stricter environmental controls, the availability of natural gas and a shift to surface mining, the state’s coal country has been hit hard with job losses and business closures, creating virtual ghost towns along the route.
Reuters photographer Yannis Behrakis explores Norway as an Aurora Borealis is seen north of the Arctic Circle. Tourists are gathering this time of the year to admire the phenomenon of the Northern Lights.
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