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THE YEAR IN DISCOVERY • 2021 brought important revelations and historic advances in human knowledge, from the microscopic to the cosmic.
THE PANDEMIC TOLL MOUNTS • Washington, D.C.
STAY STRONG • It began with a surge of optimism: 2021, the year of hope and vaccines. But then violent conflicts, a new wave of the virus, and deadly reminders of the climate crisis made it clear that it would be a year when we’d need to …
CLIMATE CHANGE FUELS DISASTERS, EXTREME WEATHER • El Bolsón, Argentina
A FAMILY DIVIDED BY WAR • Faizabad, Afghanistan
A GORILLA AND HER RESCUER • Dem. Rep. Congo
COVID • The pandemic put us on a roller coaster in 2021. New vaccines spurred optimism and reopenings, but immunization efforts were plagued by misinformation and shortages. As the rhythms of daily life return, the virus remains a threat.
TAKING VACCINES TO THE COUNTRYSIDE • Tosamaldan, India
A ‘RITE OF PASSAGE’ RETURNS • Washington, D.C.
WAVES OF COVID TAKE A TOLL • North Jakarta, Indonesia
RISE OF THE VARIANTS • Early 2021 brought a glimpse of normal life as COVID-19 vaccines began to be administered. But a new threat was starting to emerge. Slight changes to the virus’s genetic code were steering the pandemic in even more dangerous directions.
INFECTION AND INEQUITY AROUND THE WORLD
TIGHT RESTRICTIONS TURN THE TIDE • Taipei, Taiwan
BACK TO CLASS • South Jakarta, Indonesia
THE SHOW GOES ON • Mission, Texas
A FULL HOUSE, PANDEMIC STYLE • Tel Aviv, Israel
FORMER REBELS FIGHT A NEW BATTLE • La Guajira, Colombia
FROM MASS TRANSIT TO MASS VACCINATION • East Jakarta, Indonesia
A CITY’S CEMETERY IS OVERWHELMED • Huancavelica, Peru
CLIMATE • Huge wildfires, drought, record heat, melting glaciers, rising seas, intense storms. The alarms have been sounding for years, but 2021 showed that climate change is here and can’t be ignored.
THE INFERNO IN THE FOREST • Lassen National Forest, California
A CYCLONE OF LOCUSTS • Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya
A YEAR OF RECORDS • Unprecedented heat, cold, and rainfall crippled infrastructure across the U.S. and led to a major loss of life in 2021. Climate change is now considered the world’s greatest threat to human health—and the frequency of related extreme weather events is increasing.
LOOKING TOWARD A TROUBLED FUTURE
LIVING WITH THE TIDE AT YOUR FEET • Purwosari, Indonesia
WARMING FAVORS THE FLEXIBLE • Neko Harbor, Antarctica
MELTING ABOVE, ICY BELOW—FOR NOW • Werfen, Austria
CLEAN GRID, CLEAN TRUCK • Ngong Hills, Kenya
DRY TIMES ON THE WESTERN RANGE • Brownie Hills, Colorado
A SEARCH FOR GRASS AND WATER • Bulaleh, Ethiopia
NO SAFETY IN NUMBERS • Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa
MELTING GLACIERS, DRYING PASTURES • Oropesa, Peru
CONFLICT • Disputes over culture, politics, land, and more flared around the world—including in the United States, which faced an assault on its democracy and continued to wrestle with the painful legacy of racism.
TRYING TO HOLD THE LINE • Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan
RETURN OF THE TALIBAN • Kabul, Afghanistan
REMEMBERING 9/11, 20 YEARS LATER • New York City
DEMOCRACY ON THE BRINK • Washington, D.C.
A CATASTROPHIC CIVIL WAR • Tigray, Ethiopia
A MOMENT OF PEACE AT A HOME UNDER...