21 insane photos of the effects of climate change
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I’ve got a great recommendation: @everydayclimatechange
The feed is an aggregator of an incredible group of photographers from around the world who have dedicated their careers to documenting the ravages of climate change.
It’s like reverse “Earth porn.”
The pictures are pretty incredible and give a stark, provocative sense of the world we could live in if we don’t act now.
A pet-peeve of mine are people who post just any old photo of extreme weather and try to use it to make a case that it was caused by climate change.
That’s not what this feed does. Included in the caption next to every photo is a description of why it’s linked to the climate crisis.
Check it out - you’ll be glad you did:
Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto: Locals plant rice in flooded fields in 2010. In 2012 & 2013 cyclones made landfall on Madagascar, creating humid conditions favorable to swarms of locusts. The World Food Programme states that 60% of rice production will be affected by the locust invasion. Direct impact from the cyclones and flooding have also severely impacted farmers. In this part of the country. #climatechange
Photograph by Sean Gallagher @sean_gallagher_photo. Jakarta - The Sinking City #3 A boy looks out onto a destroyed home in one of the slum communities in central Jakarta. It was destroyed during the January floods of 2013 which displaced approximately 20,000 people. The slum communities are at greatest risk as many of them are found lining the city’s waterways making them extremely vulnerable to flooding. Located on the northern shores of the island of Java, the Indonesian capital of Jakarta is on the front line of climate change. 40% of the city lies below sea-level and this coastal capital is being subjected to regular floods, intensified by the creeping waters which slowly engulf parts of the city as sea-levels rise. Combined with storm water runoff from deforested mountains near the city, this urban area is one of the world's most severely affected by climactic change. This series attempts to highlight glimpses of Jakarta's current struggle. #asia #indonesia #jakarta #environment #climatechange #globalwarming #climatechangeisreal
Guest post by @SeanHawkey65 - Many thanks Sean for allowing us to share this image! Friends, tag your photos with #EverydayClimateChange and we'll repost the best ones! Mikol Antonio Hernández García, cowboy, inspects the dry carcasses of cattle that has died in the drought in San Francisco Libre, Nicaragua. The drought has affected large areas of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Across Nicaragua while most cattle has been moved to higher areas that are less affected by the drought, hundreds of cattle have died. Wells have dried up as the water table has dropped, and while thousands of wells have been dug deeper during the crisis there is a limit to how deep wells can be dug and operated. Harvests have failed repeatedly in the region causing distress to hundreds of thousands of families. Rural livelihoods have been further affected by the devastation of leaf rust disease on coffee production, which is the main cash crop of the region, this fungal infestation is associated with the increase in humidity that comes with atmospheric warming. When the rains finally do arrive, huge amounts of rain fall in a short period, causing floods, damages and drowning and the loss of fertile top soil. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change, IPCC, have highlighted that Central America is one of the most vulnerable areas to climate change. #everydayclimatechange #nicaragua #centralAmerica #cambioclimatico #climatechange #drought #sequía #globalwarming #GlobalWarmingIsReal
Photo Rodrigo Baleia ( @rodrigobaleia ) Severe drought affected the entire Amazon basin in Uarini on Setember 2010. Brazil. Considers the worst drought of the last 100 years. The 2010 drought comes just five years after the latest Amazon "megadrought,"The scientists suggest this is further evidence of the Amazon's vulnerability to rising global temperatures. #ClimateChange #EverydayClimateChange #GlobalWarmingIsReal #GlobalWarming #amazon #rainforest #people #climate #photojournalism #uarini
Photo by Franck Vogel @franckvogel for @everydayclimatechange In Egypt, Lake Nasser is at the lowest level ever (down 20ft) in Abu Simbel. Trees that were covered by the lake when the Dam was built are today on the shore. This image is part of the Nile’s Water Access story from the “Transboundary Water” project. #Egypt #Nile #LakeNasser #WaterAccess #climatechange #globalwarming #climatechangeisreal
@wilderphoto (Nathaniel Wilder) for @everydayclimatechange And more news today from President Obama for the arctic... Citing the interest of Alaska natives who subsist on marine life (predominantly the bowhead whale) in one of the toughest environments on the planet, Obama is moving to protect 9.8 million acres in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas from oil and gas development. Thinking to my native friends in the town of Tikigaq (Point Hope) Alaska, reported to be the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. It sits on a thin strip of land jutting out from the coast into the Chukchi Sea in northwest Alaska. The community dependence on subsistence already faces uncertainty from a changing climate and an increasingly delayed development of the sea ice from which they hunt the bowhead and beluga whale each spring. This could be a win for them. #DocumentingAlaska #everydayclimatechange# climatechange #globalwarming #climatechangeisreal Check out our friends @everydayafrica@everydaylatinamerica @everydayusa@everydaymiddleeast @everydayiran@everydayeverywhere @azdarya We're beginning to re-post photos with hashtag #everydayclimatechange
Photo @jbrussell #panospictures for #everydayclimatechange A local inhabitant felling #trees for the production of charcoal in the #Kalounayes managed #forest reserve in the #Casamance region of southern #Senegal. Charcoal is the primary energy used for cooking and heating in much of #WestAfrica and many local communities depend on charcoal production for their economic livelihoods. However, unchecked #deforestation is a major contributor to #globalwarming, #climatechange, soil erosion and a litany of other #environmental woes. In the Kalounayes reserve, the exploitation of the forest's #naturalresources are managed in a sustainable way. Charcoal production is restricted to certain tree species on designated lots for a limited amount of time. The lots are regularly rotated and replanted, allowing local communities to preserve the forest and earn a living. #climatechangeisreal #Africa
Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto: Tavy, or burning of the forest to clear for planting, is illegal but local farmers in #Madagascar continue to do this despite the massive reductions of their forests. It is estimated that each year more than 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide are released into the atmosphere from #deforestation, mainly the cutting and burning of forests, resulting in a loss of over 30 million acres of forest. #climatechange @viiphoto
Photo by @saraterry13 for @everydayclimatechange. Artificial grass lawn in Venice Beach, CA. Scientists reported on Friday that 2014 was the hottest year on earth, since record-keeping began in 1880, undermining claims by climate change contrarians that global warming had somehow stopped. It was also the hottest year on record for California, where many environmental groups are urging citizens to take measures to adapt to the changing climate, to reduce stress on resources like water. A 1,000-square-foot lawn, watered for 10 minutes a day with sprinklers, uses 8,400 gallons of water a month. By comparison, the same size garden planted with natural ground cover, watered for 20 minutes a week with water efficient rotator sprinklers, uses 200 gallons a month. Artificial grass is groomed by brushing it, and occasionally rinsing it with water. #climate change #global warming #California #venicebeach #astroturf #artificialgrass #drought #wateruse #nofilter
@suthepkritsanavarin for @everydayclimatechange Irrawaddy Division, Myanmar - 22 May 2008. A young man named Saw Say Zimbol plays guitar in his house destroyed by Cyclone Nargis in Myauk Pago village near Bogalay. 'The song is unknown to me, but it is one of the saddest songs I've ever heard' the photographer said. Three weeks after Cyclone Nargis devastated Myanmar, the death toll has reached at least 134,000 dead and missing, but aid has barely begun to arrive to the more than two million Burmese in need of shelter and food. Forecasters began tracking the cyclone April 28 as it first headed toward India. As projected, the storm took a sharp turn eastward. But it didn't follow the typical cyclone track, which leads to Bangladesh or Myanmar's mountainous northwest. Instead, the cyclone swept into the low-lying Irrawaddy River Delta in central Myanmar. The result was the worst disaster ever in the impoverished country. "The easterly component of the path is unusual," An expert said. The delta had lost most of its mangrove forests along the coast to shrimp farms and rice paddies over the past decade. That removed what scientists say is one of nature's best defenses against violent storms. Some environmentalists suggested global warming may have played a role. The UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concluded that warming oceans could contribute to increasingly severe cyclones with stronger winds and heavier rains. "While we can never pinpoint one disaster as the result of climate change, there is enough scientific evidence that climate change will lead to intensification of tropical cyclones," said Sunita Narain, director of the India-based environmental group Centre for Science and Environment. (Source: National Geographic Website) #climatechange???? #globalwarming???? #climatechangeisreal???? #burma #deforestation #cyclone #storm #naturaldisaster #globalwarming
Photo by Vlad Sokhin/Panos Pictures @lens_pacific for @everydayclimatechange : Peia Kararaua, 16, swims in the flooded area of Aberao village that is located in Tarawa atoll, Kiribati. Kiribati is one of the countries most affected by sea level rise. During high tide many villages become inundated making large parts of the villages uninhabitable. #climatechange #globalwarming #climatechangeisreal #Oceania #Micronesia #Pacific #Kiribati #Tarawa @panospictures
@saraterry13 for @everydayclimatechange California's Sierra Nevada mountains (which means “Snowy Range” in Spanish) have been called a “living lab” for climate change. Some of the heaviest snow falls on record in the US have happened here, including the second largest one-day snowfall (5.6 ft at Echo Summit on Jan 4, 1982). Since 1895, the average temperature across California has increased by 1.7 degrees, and experts say the most visible effects of that warming occur within the Sierra Nevadas, where low temperatures are rising and precipitation increasingly falls as rain rather than snow. In parts of the 4 million acres of federally-protected land that take up much of the range, scientists have recorded marsh meadows going dry, wildflowers blooming earlier, and glaciers melting into ice fields. The first snow survey of the season, made in late December, found more snow than last year at this time thanks to December storms, but not enough to impact the California drought. Eighty percent of the state is in extreme or exceptional drought conditions, and snow pack in the Sierra Nevada range has historically been an important source of drinking water for a good portion of the state. #climate change #global warming #sierranevadas #highway395 #drought #california #snowpack #nofilter
Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert @JshPhotog #EverydayClimateChange Tiaon Bwere tries to rescue parts of his home whilst the surging waves of a naturally occurring 'king tide' demolish it, in the village of Betio, on Tarawa island in the Pacific island nation of Kiribati. Many of the homes on the fragile atoll, home to approximately 95,000 people, are built within a few feet of the sea. The low-lying atoll islands (barely 1.5metres high at their highest point) and the way of life of the people are endangered by climate change and the rising sea levels which are eroding the coastline and land. Rising underground salt water levels are contaminating fresh water supplies and scarce land used for growing taro crop is being rendered unusable. In June 2008, Kiribati officials asked Australia and New Zealand to accept Kiribati citizens as permanent refugees. The Kiribati president Anote Tong said that the country has reached "...the point of no return, where the emissions in the atmosphere will carry on contributing to climate change, to produce a sea level change so in time our small, low-lying islands will be submerged." He added, "I am not a scientist, but what I know is that things are happening we did not experience in the past... Every second week, when we get the high tides, there's always reports of erosion. To plan for the day when you no longer have a country is indeed painful but I think we have to do that." Photo shot on assignment for @Greenpeacepix @Greenpeace #climatechangeisreal #climatechange #globalwarming #risingsealevels #atoll #pacific #Kiribati #everydayeverywhere
Photo by Balazs Gardi (@balazsgardi) @azdarya #everydayclimatechange Ebei Edapal, Esekon Eipan, and Ebulon Louyongorot stand on the Todonyang plains near a watering hole in Kenya. The teenage boys started carrying guns as early as seven years old to protect their herd from the frequent attacks of the rival Daasanach tribe. With the changing climate the #Turkana herdsmen, who traditionally practice a nomadic pastoralist lifestyle in the arid northwestern tip of #Kenya, struggle to cope with the harsh consequences of the prolonged #drought. Across the border in Ethiopia the Daasanach are pushing into Turkana territory as their government handed most of their traditional lands over to large-scale farming developers. Competing for the fishing grounds of Lake Turkana and the pastures around it, the rival communities are trapped in a vicious cycle of conflict as they struggle to survive. #watercrisis #climatechange #azdarya
Photo by @JshPhotog A local land owner, in dug out canoe, beside logging barge piled high with illegally logged trees from the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, in Paia inlet, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea. These forests are being selectively felled for valuable hardwoods by Turama Forest Industries - a group company of Malayasian company Rimbunan Hijau. An estimated twenty percent of global greenhouse emissions annually are caused by the deforestation of natural forests worldwide. The deforestation not only impacts the climate but also the biodiversity of the area logged, and the way of life for people who live there and depend on the forest for their subsistence lifestyle. Recent projections indicated that by 2021, 83% of commercially accessible forest in PNG will have been cleared or degraded. Photo by Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert for @Greenpeacepix @Greenpeace #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming #deforestation #illegallogging #logging #forest #forestry #PapuaNewGuinea #PNG #biodiversity #EverydayEverywhere #Everydayclimatechange
Photo by @JshPhotog A father plays with his child on the mountain bike track in amongst the wind turbines of Whitelee Wind Farm, - the UK's largest onshore #windfarm, situated on the outskirts of #Glasgow, #Scotland. Scotland continues to lead the way in sourcing energy from renewable wind and solar power, thus cutting climate-wreaking carbon emissions. 2014 was a hugely successful year for Scotland in terms of renewable energies with figures released today showing that wind generated enough power to supply the electrical needs of 98% of Scottish households and solar power met two-thirds or more of household electricity or hot water needs during the year. Commenting on the data, WWF Scotland’s director Lang Banks said, “Without doubt, 2014 was a massive year for renewables, with wind turbines and solar panels helping to ensure millions of tonnes of climate-wreaking carbon emissions were avoided. With 2015 being a critical year for addressing climate change internationally, it’s vital that Scotland continues to press ahead with plans to harness even greater amounts of clean energy. December turned out to a record-breaking month for wind power, with enough green energy generated to supply a record 164% of Scottish households with the electricity they need. Even on calmer days, wind still supplied the equivalent of over a third of electricity needs of every home. For 2014 as a whole, on average, wind power generated enough to supply the electrical needs of 98% of Scottish households, with six months where the amount was greater that 100%. And, in the tens of thousands of Scottish households that have installed solar panels saw them meet two-thirds or more of their electricity or hot water needs from the sun during several months of the year, helping those homes to reduce their reliance on coal, gas, or even oil.” #climatechangeisreal #climatechange #globalwarming #windfarm #everydayScotland #greenenergy #renewableenergy #renewables #windpower #windfarm #windenergy #renewablepower @DocuScotland
A child plays with an empty fuel barrel at the beach in Sarmi, West Papua. In the Sarmi region of Papua , attempts from national and foreign companies to buy the rainforest have been turned down by Sarmi's govenor. (Logging is one of the major causes of destruction in West Papua). He thinks it's not a solution to destroy Papua's rainforest and replace it with oil palm plantations as those take about eight years to grow until the first harvest. He rather encourages Indonesians from other islands like Java and Sumatra to move to Papua and find jobs in the fishing industry or settle in the rainforest. Should the government ever try to allow companies to explore the rainforest in Sarmi , there'd "be trouble" with the locals. Sarmi is seen as a positive alternative to the destruction of the rainforest in other parts of Papua . Photo by @hessekatharina #newguinea #papua #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #logging
@everydayclimatechange - a Pakistani girl is seen in Phander, Pakistan. At the present rate of climate change the Himalayan glaciers, which is the primary source of water for Pakistan may disappear in approximately 40 to 50 years. Photo @paulabronstein/ @gettyimages #climatechange #pakistan #globalwarming #reportagebygettyimages #gettyimages
a sheperd from the Hui minority breaks firewood outside a shack on barren grasslands in central China's Ningxia province. According to the UNDP, desertfication has devoured 55.8%, or 2.89 million hectares of Ningxia's total terrain. An additional 1.21 million hectares grassland and 132.000 hectares farmland are under the threat of dsertification. The livelihood of inhabitants in 13 cities , 40 townships and 600 villages has been severely affected and the region's vulnerable natural environment is also at stake. Ningxia is one of the major sources of sandstorms which have a major impact on Northern China. Photo by @hessekatharina #desertification #climatechange #china #ningxia #globalwarming #climatechangeisreal
Guest post by @matildegattoni for @everydayclimatechange A mother collects water left in the pounds after the rain. The family doesn't have any water well and totally relies on rain water to survive. Yemen is enduring a water crises that ranks among the worst in the world. Yemen's economy depends heavily on oil production, and its government receives the vast majority of its revenue from oil taxes. Yet analysts predict that the country's petroleum output, which has declined over the last seven years, will fall to zero by 2017. The government has done little to plan for its post-oil future. Yemen's population, already the poorest on the Arabian peninsula and with an unemployment rate of 35%, is expected to double by 2035. Having one of the world's highest birth rates, the country's water supply system is failing to keep pace with its ever increasing population. Sana'a may run out of water in a decade. It is common that drills have had to bore down deeper than 1,000 meters to find water in the capital. Sanaa's well are expected to dry out by 2015, partly due to illegal drilling, partly due to the rapid urban development of the capital, partly because 40% of the city's water is diverted for qat production, Since cultivating qat is much more profitable than any other crop and the plantations are often controlled by influential tribal leaders, it seems impossible to change this cycle. Partly because conservation rules are difficult to enforce. Only 20% of the houses receive water, the other 80% has to collect it from pumps and wells. More and more people must rely on costly water provided by water tankers, which are filled by private wells, but many cannot afford the cost of this water.15% of the urban population only uses bottled water as its primary drinking water source and that is why Yemen has one of the highest world mortality rate, most of the diseases being related to water. #yemen #yemenwatercrisis#watercrisis #water #watershortage #climatechange#everydayeverywhere #everydaymiddleeast#everydayclimatechange #wateraid #watercollection#qat #poverty #photojournalism #reportage#arabianpeninsula We re-post select photos with hashtag #EverydayClimateChange
The 1.2 billion people living in extreme poverty will be disproportionately affected by the effects of climate change because of the way they grow crops and inadequate infrastructure and shelter, and insome countries even the risk of losing their country all together.
This is in spite of the fact that the 50 least developed nations have had a tiny, 1% impact on greenhouse gas emissions.
The crisis has the potential to undo all the progress we've made toward making extreme poverty a thing of the past.
Climate Change is an issue at the heart of what it means to be a global citizen. It’s about standing up for justice for the world’s poor and making sure we have systems in place that are resilient to the effects of the crisis.
That’s where Action/2015 comes in. Action/2015 is a citizen’s movement of hundreds of organizations around the world demanding truly ambitious agreements on poverty, inequality and climate change in 2015. Global Citizen has joined the movement and we want you to be a part of it.