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Climate Change is Real! A diverse group of photographers from 6 continents document climate change. Share your photos with #everydayclimatechange.

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Photo by Amnon Gutman @gutmanen for @everydayclimatechange. People sunbathing , during a hot summer day in Paris, France. This rapid-fire sequence of extreme heat waves is not a trend that is going to end any time soon. A study late last year found that in just the last 10 to 15 years heat waves like this have become 10 times more likely—mostly due to human-caused climate change. the World Meteorological Organization and the World Health Organization, both United Nations organizations, issued their first-ever joint guidelines for dealing with the expected rise in heat waves and their increasing impact on public health. “Heatwaves have emerged as an important hydrometeorological hazard and will remain so, given projected changes in the frequency of extreme heat events associated with human-induced climate change,” the U.N. text warned. @climatechange @globalwarming @climatechangefrance

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Photo by James Whitlow Delano @jameswhitlowdelano for @everydayclimatechange.

A large truck is dwarfed from by the sandy Tengger Desert from which it emerges along a new, unpaved highway straight through the dunes for 200 km (124 mi) from Alashan, Inner Mongolia to the neighboring province of Gansu. China The Chinese government's strategy to stop desertification seems to be to cut through it, irrigate it, pave it, build solar farms on top of it, set grids of straw upon it to hold the sand down. The prime ingredient in short supply is water.
This Alashan region in the 1950's had 800 oasis freshwater lakes fed by artesian springs. Overgrazing and deforestation of the Helan Mountains nearby, which feeds the springs, led climate change in those mountains, less rain and set in motion the progressive drying out of the those lakes. Now there are only 200 lakes left.
#climatechange #globalwarming #water #desert #desertification #deforestation #overgrazing #oases #oasis #china

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@jakepricenyc for @everyday climatechange, www.jakeprice.com

Today is #InternationalMountainDay, an event dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of mountains to life and to highlight the importance of sustainable mountain development.

To help bring some of that awareness to light I'm posting one of my fondest memories that I had in #Japan as I followed in the footsteps of the #poet #Basho as he #traveled on what would become The Narrow Road to the Deep North in #Yamadera, Yamagata Prefecture. Of his time there in 1689 he wrote:

ah this silence
sinking into the rocks
voice of cicada

I traveled many other wonderful #mountains in the region and of course when I did #Fukushima was never far from my mind when I was filming for the @POVDOCS supported Invisible Season. In Fukushima, having spent months in mountains that may never be shaped again by human hands because of the radiation, I saw just how important the connection to our mountains are and the tragedy that unfolds when we no longer have a access to them. Sadly too, future poets will never know many of the mountains that are off limits in Fukushima.

And a few facts as quoted from @futureearth2025, www.futureearth.org "The world’s mountains are home to about 800 million people and provide crucial ecosystem services for the entire globe, including freshwater for half of humankind. They are centres of biological diversity, important tourist destinations and key sources of raw materials. However, mountain regions are especially sensitive to the impacts of a changing climate, putting at risk many of the goods and services provided by mountains....The consequences for water availability reach far beyond mountain regions, with major development implications for irrigation, urbanisation, industrialisation and hydropower." #Yama-dera, #hipstamatic,, #poetry, #mountainfilm, #Yamagata, #climatechange, #climatechangeisreal, #science, #globalwarming, #environment #conservation, #instagood, #deforestation #biodiversity, #climateaction, #parisaccord, #parisagreement, @everydayeverywhere, @everydayjapan, @sierraclub, @flakphoto, @greenpeace

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Photo by Will Baxter @baxpix for @everydayclimatechange
Muhdin Musa Hamis (left), vice chairman of the Wasini Beach Management Unit (BMU), and community member Mohammed Rashid (right), ready a piece of #coral to be planted along the coast of #Wasini Island, #Kenya, December 3, 2017. Wasini Island is home to some 1,800 people, who mostly depend on fishing and the oceans for their livelihoods and sustenance. The BMU is a community-based organization that brings together everyone involved in fisheries on the island – including fishermen, boat owners and crew, traders, processors, boat builders, net repairers and others – to work with the Kenyan government and other stakeholders in managing marine resources, overseeing coral replantation and improving the livelihoods of community members.

Photo credit: Will Baxter/UN Environment (@unenvironment)

#documentaryphotography #picoftheday #photooftheday #climatechange #globalwarming #marineconservation #environment #conservation #coralreef #IndianOcean #instalike #instagood

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Photo by Esther Horvath @estherhorvath for @everydayclimatechange . I am sure many, if not most of you saw the video this week captured by @paulnicklen of the dying polar bear, which was all over the news. The reason why polar bears are threatened by climate change is because their life, which is dominated by hunting for food depends on available Arctic ice. Because of global warming, Arctic sea ice melts earlier and forms later, which leads to a longer ice free period. Polar bears who become trapped on land are suffering while trying to find food, thus threatening more of them with starvation and death. Polar bears are most likely going to be one of the first species to face extinction because of melting sea ice secondary to climate change. In the Arctic first year sea ice forms in the winter and melts in the summer. Today 70 % of Arctic Ocean is covered by first year. The Arctic Ocean will become ice free if only first-year sea ice remains in the winter and multi-year ice doesn't build up. Earlier scientific predictions estimated that by the year 2050, the Arctic Ocean may become ice free in the summers. Based on the latest findings, this may actually happen much sooner. In the mid-1980s first sea ice coverage was only 35-40%. #climatechange #globalwarming #arctic #arcticocean #arcticseaice #everydayclimatechange #science

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Photo by Ashley Crowther @ashleycrowtherorg for @everydayclimatechange: Twesang Zangmo stands atop of the fodder harvest during the short summer period in the Zanskar Himalaya.
The Himalayan region is, second to the Arctic, the fastest warming region on the planet due to climate change. The impacts of climate change in the Himalayas are already creating shorter winters and longer and hotter summers - a trend occurring worldwide too.
One of the most concerning issues related to Himalayan warming is rapid glacial melting.
While in the short-term this will create surplus water supplies in the long-term the remaining ice will no longer be able to provide enough meltwater forming conditions for water stress and drought.
However, villages such as Twesang Zangmo's, are already enduring the impacts of glacial loss. The glacier that the village once relied on for water has now all but disappeared due to warming temperatures. Under constant drought conditions, this has forced many people of her village to consider relocating their homes. However, this is an extremely costly process, of which, most cannot afford.
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#everydayclimatechange #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming #himalayas #zanskar #india #southasia #asia #everydayindia #everydayeverywhere #photojournalism #environment

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Photo by Georgina Goodwin @ggkenya for @everydayclimatechange. .
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#HumanRightsDay December 10, 2017:
Climate change and human rights are inextricably connected. Recent studies show a hotter, fluctuating climate is actually fueling more conflict, and the increased frequency and severity of droughts, destruction of food resources and spread of disease caused by climate change destabilises access to the most basic of human rights - the right to have a home, food and water. Over 41,000 rural farmers from Somalia’s Jubaland region are now living as refugees in Kapasa internally displaced people camp in Dollow looking for water, food and shelter, having fled their homes because of severe drought and conflict. From health, housing and education to the right to life itself, climate change is having an impact on a vast range of civil and political rights. Those who suffer most are those that are the least equipped to manage, the marginalized and vulnerable in society - the poor, religious and ethnic minorities, and women and children.
“Climate change is poised to become the most massive human rights violation the world has ever seen," ~ Oregon State University philosophy professor emerita Kathleen Dean Moore, 2012
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#climatechange #globalwarming #women #children #climatechangeisreal #refugees #everydayclimatechange #humanrights #somalia #drought #myfeatureshoot #documentary #womenphotojournalism @WFP @Catchlight.io #catchlightphotography

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Photo by James Whitlow Delano @jameswhitlowdelano for @everydayclimatechange

Trackless wilderness of mountains, snow and glaciers on the western fringe of Matanuska-Susitna Borough, which is bigger than the US states Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. 6,190 m (20,308 ft) Mt. Denali, the highest point in North America, can be seen at the top of the image. Alaska, USA
Scientific American says, glaciers are retreating, due to global warming triggered by human-induced climate change. In the interior of Alaska glaciers are receding because of "significantly warmer summers" with "a relatively unchanged level of snowfall" like Mt. Denali. At the same time, for the coastal mountains below, "slightly cooler summers and more variability in winter temperatures" have contributed to glacier melt.
Nearly 50% of the water that flows into the Gulf of Alaska comes from glaciers, leaving a "glacier fingerprint" in the composition of the sea water - water temperatures and nutrient levels - fundamentally effecting the marine ecosystem and contributing to rising sea levels.

According to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) scientists tells us that climate change could cause summer temperatures to rise 2C (3.6F) - 4C (7.2F) in the next 50 years triggering the loss of thousands of glaciers. Currently Alaska's glaciers are losing 75 billion tons of ice annually.

#climatechange #globalwarming #risingseas #sealevelrise #ice #meltingice #thebigmelt #meltingglaciers #recedingglaciers #alaska #denali #mountains #snow #snowfall #alaskaglaciers

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Photo by @jbrussell for @everydayclimatechange A Moroccan immigrant gazes out over the "Mar del Plástico," a sea of greenhouses that cover more than 30,000 hectares in Spain's southern Almería region. Climate change and agricultural production are interacting in complex ways in Almería. Before becoming an agricultural powerhouse exporting huge quantities of fruits and vegetables to the rest of Europe, the arid and poor region of Almería was best known as a filming location for spaghetti westerns and epic movies like Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra or Indian Jones. However climate change and intensive farming techniques that require vast quantities of water are hastening the desertification of the area and threatening the sustainability of the local ecosystem and economy. Almería's greenhouse farmers are aware of the problem and are increasingly employing hydroponic methods to conserve water. Approximately 54% of Spain's hydroponic industry is in Almería. The vast expanses of plastic greenhouses are also producing an Albedo Effect by reflecting solar radiation back into the atmosphere which reduces global warming. Studies have shown that while temperatures in the rest of Spain have risen at rates above the world average, they have declined by 0.3 degrees per decade in Almería. Working conditions in the greenhouses are extremely difficult though. Tens of thousands of low paid migrants are used and often exploited in the agricultural production, yet another link in the global migration crisis that is exacerbated by climate change. El Ejido, Spain. #climatechangeisreal #climatechange #globalwarming #environment #agriculture #greenhouse #greenhousegases #carbonsink #hothouse #albedoeffect #almería #Spain #europe #migration #immigrants #foodproduction #seaofplastic

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Photo by Mette Lampcov @mettelampcov for @everydayclimatechange - Carol walks through the remainders of her burnt out home on the outskirts of Santa Paula, California. Carol and her husband were at dinner with his parents Monday evening when they saw the fire approaching, they drove home fast to get their cats and dogs and packed what little they could.

The Thomas fire in Venture has burnt 96.000 acres and is currently 5% contained, its being pushed by strong Santa Ana winds with gusts up to 60-80 mph, high temperatures and very low humidity.
California's climate follows a pattern: Wet, cool winters, followed by long, dry summers. The wet winter this year led to an abundance of vegetation. But this summer reached record-breaking temperatures late into the winter with no rainfall that has dried all that freshly grown vegetation into tinder.

Recent research from the Pacific Northwest National Labs and Utah State University scientists projects that extreme drought and extreme flooding in California will increase 50 percent by the end of the century—potentially triggering the growth of vegetation that quickly becomes fuel as temperatures rise in the summer.

If global carbon emissions continue at a high level, extreme dry periods will double the study finds—going from about five extreme dry "events" during the decade of the 1930s, to about 10 per decade by the 2070s. Extreme wet periods will increase from about 4 to about 15 over the same periods, roughly tripling, it says.

The last couple of days have been devastating, stay safe.
#climatechangeisreal #venturafire #thomasfire #venture #california #Californiafire #santaanawinds #wildfire #home #californialandscape #pickoftheday #instagram #staysafe #photojournalism #climate #staysafe

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@jakepricenyc for @everydayclimatechange, https://www.jakeprice.com/

Reflecting on the past year and continuing to go though the archives from years past, here's a #Banksy taken in #2016 from #Neworleans, when I was working on a #documentary project about #restoration efforts to help #restore #coastline in the #gulfofmexico so that another #hurricane such as #katrina would be less devastating in the years to come as #sealevels rise and #storms become more intense. This #neighborhood was underwater following Katrina and to this day is still trying to make it back after the storm. Whenever I'm in New Orleans I visit this corner as if visiting a #shrine, thinking about those who have lost so much to climate change.
I have just compiled a series of my writing and photos from #Fukushima and Houston and invite you to read this year's collected thoughts on climate change and the impact that is has on our #communities:

https://www.jakeprice.com/blog/
Much of this year's reporting was self funded—to help these stories coming please consider purchasing a fine art print from the site!

#climatechangeisreal, #hipstamatic, @hipstamatic #climatechange, #parisaccord, #parisagreement, #everydayclimatechange, #change, #marigny, #kerlerecstreet, #community, #Louisiana, #NOLA

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Photo by @matildegattoni for @everydayclimatechange ~ Eritrea, Gash-Barka. Villagers collect water from a well located in a dry riverbed. Climate change is making drought and humanitarian disasters worse in the Horn of Africa. What were previously once in a life time droughts now come around more often. Scores of camels and donkeys which are typically hardy animals are dying off and the lives of pastoralists, which revolve around their animals have been disrupted. #eritrea #hornofafrica #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #africa

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Photo by John Novis @johnnovis for @everydayclimatechange
Aerial view of workers housing in a palm oil plantation of the Wilmar concession, Riau, Indonesia.
Multinational devel­­op­ment on the last larg­e intact area of peat­ swamp forest in the Kampar Peni­n­sula, Riau, Sumatr­a, with ­some of the deepest p­eat in In­do­nesia makes ­way for the cultivation of palm oil plantations. Peatl­an­d forest is critical ­for maintaining
bi­odi­versity and it's degr­adation re­leas­es vast­ stores of carbon the­reby contr­ibuting to ­gl­obal climate change­. Most In­donesia's palm oil exports are destined for China, Europe and India. Concerned environmentalists sta­te that it is crucial Indonesia's forests are protected from the rampant expansi­on of palm oil plant­ations to combat climate change, stop biodiversity loss and protect the livelihoods of fore­st-dependent peoples.
The Kampar peninsula is the last large intact area of peat swamp forest in Riau with some of the de­epest peat in Indone­sia, the rest has be­en destroyed by the agriculture and logg­ing industries.
#climatechange­ ­
#climatechangeisreal
#everydayclimatechange
#change
#climateaction
#globalwarming­ ­
#deforestation
#biodiversity
#palmoilplantations
#palmoil
#housing
#workers
#forestdestruction­ #forests ­ ­
#tropicalrainforest­s ­#plantations ­
#indonesia­ ­#riau­ ­#kampar ­
#aerialphotography
#documentaryphotography
#photojournalism
#reportage
#nofilte­­r­ ­
#photooftheday
@greenpeace

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Photo by Georgina Goodwin @ggkenya for @everydayclimatechange. .
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Women in rural southern Zambia carry firewood on their heads, their only source of fuel for cooking. Our climate change issue has heightened the importance of forests as carbon sinks and Zambia is losing it's forest faster than any other country in southern Africa, but how much is "poverty" or "the poor" to be blamed for deforestation? Our governments play a huge role in climate change: Zambia's government policies switched people from sustainable swifting cultivation to unsustainable "green revolution" crop production, increased electricity tariffs making people use charcoal again instead of electricity, and promoted cash crops such as sunflower, soybeans and cotton, incentivising forest destruction further. Zambia’s Forestry Department (FD), with financial support from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and key stakeholders are looking to chart the way forward but Zambia’s government needs to take responsibility not only for the past and current destructive process but, more importantly, for taking necessary present steps to address the problem. 
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#climatechange #climatechangeisreal #womeninphotojournalism #everydayclimatechange #forests #dailylife #firewood #women #myfeatureshoot #documentary #womenphotojournalism @NatGeo #natgeohub @Catchlight.io @magnumfoundation @dysturb #ReportageSpotlight #canonCNA #visualsoflife #toldwithexposure #apjd #photooftheday #tagforlikes @leonardodicaprio @guardian @ststories @unenvironment

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Photo by Amnon Gutman @gutmanen for @everydayclimatechange
An abandoned field during a cold winter late afternoon day. near Subotica, Serbia
Most of Serbia has a temperate continental climate. from 1961 to 2010 periods of extremely hot weather last longer and periods of extremely cold weather are shorter. These trends of duration of extreme temperature conditions are most pronounced in summer season.
In the period 1949–2009, there was an increase in mean annual temperatures in almost all parts of Serbia. The rises in temperatures were higher in the northern than in the southern parts of the country. The highest increase of mean annual temperatures was in Belgrade due to the urban heat island effect: 0.20°C/decade in the period 1949–2009. Significant increase of mean annual temperature was found in almost the whole of Serbia during 1989-2010, especially due to warming of the summer season; a negative temperature trend was found for the whole of Serbia for 1961-1989. Daily maximum temperature has also increased over the period 1951-2010.
#climatechange #globalwarming# #climatechangeserbia

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Photo by @jshphotog - the clear cut line of climate change! The distinct line between virgin rainforest (dark green) and ground which has been clear cut (foreground, bright light green) and replaced with a fledgling palm oil crop plantation. Near Lae, in #PapuaNewGuinea. The destruction of the rainforests robs the planet of natural resources, a carbon sink to fight the effects of climate change. The forests are also home to incredible diverse array of animals, bugs, plants, a whole biodiversity ecosystem which gets wiped out as the forest is clear cut. The loss also deprives local people of habitat from which to source foods and sustain a living. #rainforests #PNG #Lae #PapuaNewGuinea #climatechange #everydayclimatechange #JeremySuttonHibbert #Morobe #deforestation

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Photo by @franckvogel for @everydayclimatechange

Laos - Traditional fishing with bamboo trap on Khone falls near Don Khon Island. Here fishermen take amazing risks twice a day (6:00am and 5:00pm) for a daily meal. About 30 fishermen come here to check their traps like Seiw Lai, 26, and M. Lam, 22, who got 29 pounds of fish that evening, including one over 14 pounds.
The Mekong is now under threat because of new mega dams under constructions in Laos and due to climate change.

This image is part of the Mekong story from the “Transboundary Rivers” project: www.transboundary-rivers.com

A book « Fleuves Frontières » (Transboundary Rivers) has been released in Sept 2016 by Edition de la Martiniere in France.

#everydayclimatechange #laos #mekong #fisherman #traps #waterfall #khone #river #fish #4000islands #water #transboundaryrivers #project #photojournalism #franckvogel #book #fish #documentaryphotography #picoftheyear #photooftheday #reportage

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I (@danielbeltraphoto) returned to the DRC for the first time in eight years on a commission by Greenpeace to photograph issues related to the preservation - and increasingly, destruction - of its peatland rainforest. Its stunning, densely covered landscape was a privilege - and challenge - to photograph and was an experience I’ll never forget.
From this aerial view you can see the richly biodiverse peatland rainforest canopy, about 10 miles east of the Congo River, south of Mbandaka.
I believe that the true beauty of the natural environment is that it is something we can all understand, appreciate and come together to help protect.

#donttouchmyforest #savethelungsofafrica #everydayclimatechange #drcrainforest #rainforest #drc #thecongo #africa #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming #tropicalrainforest

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Photo by @JshPhotog - #Mangrove trees, #Fiji. Mangroves are known as great absorbers of carbon from the atmosphere, thus valuable in the fight against climate change, as well as acting as a natural barrier against waves and sea erosion of land.
Last year Fiji Airways began its environmental conservation programme, Every Take-Off One Tree, and pledged to plant one tree for every international take off from Nadi airport. The programme has so far planted 2,500 trees in various parts of the country, including 500 indigenous mahogany trees planted in Nadi. This year in support of
Fiji’s Presidency of the UN Climate Conference COP23, held earlier this month in Bonn, Fiji Airways has planted 2,000 mangrove seedlings. #everydayclimatechange #climatechange #risingsealevels #ocean #mangroves #COP23 #fijiairways #JeremySuttonHibbert

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Photo by @JshPhotog - view of #Fiji from a departing plane. Last year Fiji Airways began its environmental conservation programme, Every Take-Off One Tree, and pledged to plant one tree for every international take off from Nadi airport. The programme has so far planted 2,500 trees in various parts of the country, including 500 indigenous mahogany trees planted in Nadi.
Fiji is this year holding the Presidency of the UN Climate Conference COP23, held earlier this month in Bonn.
#climatechange #everydayclimatechange #SouthPacific #fijiairways #COP23 #JeremySuttonHibbert

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Photo by @janetjarman. Logging trucks like this one are common sights on roads that connect tiny villages near the Lacandón rainforest in Mexico's Southern Chiapas state. Deforestation in Mexico is a much larger problem than many realize. It is particularly bad in Chiapas, where approximately 70,000 acres of the Lacandón are lost each year and converted primarily into pasture to graze cattle. It is feared that the forest could disappear within the next 20 years.

Deforestation in order to create pasture land for cattle is a major contributor to climate change, not only because of the loss of CO2 absorbing trees but because of the methane produced by the cows. Methane is 30 times more potent a greenhouse gas than CO2. #treefelling #illegallogging #mexico #filmmaking #documentary #climatechange #climatechangeisreal

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Photo by @jbrussell for @everydayclimatechange Men packing down their cotton harvests at a community staging area in preparation for it to be weighed and transported to a cotton gin processing plant. Burkina Faso is a landlocked country situated in the semi-arid western Sahel. With few natural resources, Burkina Faso consistently ranks as one of the poorest countries in the world. During the 1990s the government invested massively in the cotton industry and gave favorable incentives to subsistence farmers to produce the cash crop in order to boost the country's economy. The conversion of the nation's limited arable land to cotton made Burkina Faso heavily dependent on food aid and the whims of global food prices. Despite producing some of the highest quality, cost-efficient cotton in the world, massive subsidies given to U.S. and European cotton producers have driven global cotton prices below production costs. Climate change has caused frequent and severe droughts in the Sahel, further jeopardizing both cotton and local food production. In 2008, the increase in global food prices and food shortages caused violent food riots in the capital Ouagadougou. The effects of climate change will only increase poverty, food insecurity and act as a conflict multiplier, which could lead to food riots and other forms of violence in the future. Karankasso-Sambala, #Burkina Faso. #climatechangeisreal #climatechange #globalwarming #savetheplanet #environment #Africa #Sahel #agriculture #farming #foodsecurity #cotton

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Photo by Ruben Salgado Escudero @rubensalgadoescudero for @everydayclimatechange

An 'oozie' (elephant handler) rides his elephant after having collected him early in the morning in the forest near Maing Hint Sal elephant logging camp. Since centuries, elephants have been used in Myanmar to drag cut trees from one side of the forest to the other. The absence of laws prohibiting illegal timber in China and an insatiable demand for furniture made from rosewood could result in the trees being logged to extinction in Myanmar within a few years.
According to a report by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Myanmar lost 19%, or 7,445,000 hectares (28,750 sq mi), of forest between 1990 and 2010.[1] With forests covering as much as 70% of Burma at the time of independence, there were only slightly more than 48% forest cover left as of 2014

Myanmar possesses the largest expanse of tropical forest in mainland Southeast Asia with a biodiversity much greater than temperate forests. Despite the diversity and size of Burma’s forests, only 6.3% of the land is protected and much of it is under the threat of deforestation. Deforestation is an important factor in global climate change today. One of the main reasons for this is because forests all over the globe are, naturally, so-called ‘carbon sinks’, or areas of natural environment such as oceans that can take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and convert it into oxygen that we and other animals can safely breathe. By cutting down huge areas of forest, therefore, without replacing the trees that we remove, we are causing an inadvertent change in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which can have a huge impact on the rest of the world.

#photography #documentary #storytelling #photooftheday #portrait #travel #picoftheday #everydaymexico #art #dailylife #500px #instagram #visualsoflife #portrait #natgeo #rubensalgadoescudero #nationalgeographic #myanmar #elephant #everydayclimatechange #deforestation #forest #trees #sunrise #myanmar #elephant

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Photo by Ashley Crowther @ashleycrowtherorg for @everydayclimatechange: The megalopolis of Seoul, South Korea with a metro area that is home to 25 million souls. Urbanization across the planet is not slowing down, and for the first time in history, more people are living in cities than in rural areas.
How are climate change and cities related? In many ways.
The vast majority of cities are located in coastal areas are extremely vulnerable to extreme weather conditions such as cyclones and floods, which are to increase in severity and number as climate change intensifies and sea levels rise.
Cities also have ravenous appetites for energy with the majority originating from fossil fuels such as coal, which further releases enormous amounts of Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere further warming the planet.
However, dense cities have the potential to be one of the best tools in humanity's toolbox in our fight against climate change. Many people living in dense cities have vastly smaller carbon footprints compared to people in large houses in the suburbs, even if the roofs are covered in solar panels.
Urban density also means smaller homes and less travel by car, which overall means less energy consumption and less stuff, all contributing to lower carbon footprints.
Cities across the world, however, do require a vast shift in where they source their energy from moving away from fossil fuels. Now, with most people living in cities across the planet, this requirement is becoming a crucial issue. —
#everydayclimatechange #climatechange #globalwarming #climatechangeisreal #cities #seoul #southkorea #COP23 #development #environment #urban #everydayeverywhere #photojournalism

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Photo by James Whitlow Delano @jameswhitlowdelano for @everydayclimatechange

Empty highway into Red Rock Canyon as a winter storm clears. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. This is the natural state of the American Southwest, sparsely populated, with high and low deserts and wetter mountains. Water has always been limited and certainly not adequate for millions of people to live in Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco. Climate change is melting the mountain snow pack that feeds rivers and reservoirs that make these urban centers inhabitable to so many people. Deep aquifers, so called "fossil water", is being depleted at an unsustainable rate, as it take 100's of thousands of years or more to recharge them.

Last winter saw record rains in the deserts, mountains and coastline of the American Southwest, after the worst drought in a millennia. There were massive forest fires this year as the heat and dry set back in. Climate scientists tell us that the new normal with be wild swings between drought and flood and the weather of the past decade has been just that.

#climatechange #globalwarming #water #flood #drought #desert #mountains #Southwest #LasVegas #Nevada #USA

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Paradise lost? The double edge sword of #Pacific island #holiday resorts - lovely to travel to, but at what environmental cost? Here on a holiday resort island, in #Tonga, in the #SouthPacific, sandbags and tree trunks are strategically placed to try and halt the erosion of the small island by the ocean. As we fly for our holidays we put the very paradise we search for in danger from rising sea levels and #climatechange. How sustainable is that? Photo by @JshPhotog for @everydayclimatechange#EverydayClimateChange #risingsealevels #climate #paradise

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Photo by @franckvogel for @everydayclimatechange
Tonle Sap lake is vital to feed Cambodia and it’s now under threat because of new mega dams under constructions in Laos and due to climate change. The annual rainfalls and the “flood pulse” – the cyclical flooding of the Tonle Sap from the Mekong River that is crucial for fish production and floodplain agriculture - have been affected.

This image is part of the Mekong story from the “Transboundary Rivers” project: www.transboundary-rivers.com

A book « Fleuves Frontières » (Transboundary Rivers) has been released in Sept 2016 by Edition de la Martiniere in France.

#everydayclimatechange #cambodia #mekong #tonlesap #lake #aerialphotography #woodboat #river #water #transboundaryrivers #project #photojournalism #franckvogel #book #fish #documentaryphotography #picoftheyear #photooftheday #reportage

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Photo by Georgina Goodwin @ggkenya for @everydayclimatechange. .
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Climate Refugees: Walking to collect water in Kapasa IDP Camp in Jubaland, Somalia, this beautiful Somali woman is just one of 41,000 displaced people from the Dollow region who have come here for water, food and shelter, they are rural farmers who have fled their homes due to severe drought. The last 2 years in Somalia have been hotter and drier than normal, rains came late if they came at all, resulting in very low harvest yields if any at all, and destroyed livestock. The combined effects of these events were that people could not feed themselves or get work. In October 2017, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimated that over 3.1 million people in Somalia are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance. Over the past decade climate change-related desertification has expanded in Somalia, greatly increasing the vulnerability of the local population causing a rise in #migration. Globally it is projected that there will be around 150 million 'climate refugees' by 2050. Climate disasters such #drought can displace three times the number of people inside their countries than conflict, according to a latest Global Report on Internal Displacement. 
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Photo by Mette Lampcov @mettelampcov for @everydayclimatechange -
A girl is surfing down a sand dune on Zuma beach in Malibu, California. For this Thanksgiving the Los Angeles area is setting new record breaking temperatures again, hovering between 89F in Malibu and 92 F recorded in Camarillo airport. These temperatures are surpassing the all time records since 1877.
In a stable climate, the number of the ratio of new record highs to new record lows is approximately even. Now in our warming climate, record highs have begun to outnumber record lows, with an imbalance in record highs seen in the last decade.
The planet’s average surface temperature has risen about 2.0 degrees Fahrenheit (1.1 degrees Celsius) since the late 19th century, a change driven largely by increased carbon dioxide and other human-made emissions into the atmosphere.

#climate #malibu #thanksgiving #californialandscape #climatechange #surfing #globalwarming #losangles #beachday #photojournalism #sunset #recoredbreaking

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Photo by @matildegattoni for @everydayclimatechange ~ Ugandan schoolgirls spend the day along Lake Victoria. Due to heavy human extraction and high evaporation, the Nile river basin and its inhabitants are especially sensitive to climate change. Current water withdrawal for irrigation is so high, that despite its size, in dry periods, the river does not reach the sea.

In addition, along its 3,000 km course through arid northern Sudan and southern Egypt, the Nile loses a huge amount of water to evaporation. This makes water supply extremely sensitive to temperature and precipitation changes. Climate change will also have a significant impact on fisheries, affecting both the productivity of fish populations and how they are distributed. Small changes in temperature can dramatically alter water levels, mixing regimes and fish productivity. #lakevictoria #uganda #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming #africa #rivernile

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