PHOTOS: Ten Environmental Wins of 2009

PHOTOS: Ten Environmental Wins of 2009
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Salmon Return to Paris

Some salmon this summer bypassed Parisian bistros and successfully navigated the Seine, the iconic river that divides the city in half, shown above in a file photo.

The species had disappeared from the river by 1900 and most others followed suit in the following decades due to polluted water. By 1995 only five hardy species such as carp and eel called Paris home.

Now the efforts of a cleanup project are beginning to pay off. More than a thousand salmon migrated through the City of Lights this year, exceeding "anything we could imagine," Bernard Breton, secretary general of France's National Federation of Fishing, told National Geographic News via email.
—Photograph by Gordon Gahan, National Geographic Stock
 
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