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Photo by @jbrussell for @everydayclimatechange A boy riding a horse bareback through a green landscape during the short rainy season in the Western Sahel. The region is situated in the transition zone between the Sahara desert to the north and the Sudanian savannas to the south. It is in these geographic transition zones where climatic changes are most evident. The rainy seasons are short and the region suffers from prolonged periods of drought. As a result, the Senegal River Basin is generally associated with parched landscapes, poverty and emigration. As global warming produces ever more erratic and extreme weather, the key to life and long-term development in the drought-plagued Senegal River Basin is the management of its most rare and essential resource, water, and the global fight to mitigate global warming and the effects of climate change.
Ololdou, Senegal. #climatechangeisreal #globalwarming #climatechange #Africa #Sahel #Senegal #environment #savetheplanet #climateaction
Photo by @matildegattoni for @everydayclimatechange ~ Children play in the ruins of their former school destroyed by the ocean waves as the tide quickly rises and the water submerges the land. As a direct consequence of global warming and sea level rise, more than 7,000 kms of coastline from Mauritania to Cameroon are eroding at a pace of up to 36 metres per year, disrupting the lives of tens of millions of people in thirteen countries. While local governments scramble to salvage big cities and industrial complexes, thousands of villages are being left out in the cold, pushing a thousands-year-old way of life on the brink of extinction.
Once home to thriving fishing settlements, the coastline of Ghana and Togo is now a sequence of crumbling buildings and ghost towns which have been swallowed by the ocean in little more than 20 years. As climate change wipes away houses, churches and plantations, it also destroys the livelihood, cultural heritage and social fabric of entire communities, with dangerous consequences for the future of the whole continent.
Rising temperatures have prompted fish stocks to move to cooler waters away from the coasts, starving the local fishing industry, while erosion and salinization have affected agriculture by reducing the quantity of arable land and contaminating freshwater reserves. Deprived of their means of survival and with no hope for the future, communities lose their most resourceful people to migration. As rampant unemployment drives drugs and alcohol consumption, the only profitable activities are offered by criminal syndicates involved in fuel smuggling and illegal sand mining.
Far from being an isolated issue, the problems haunting West Africa now are the harbinger of what mankind will experience if we won't be able to find a viable balance between progress, social inequality and environmental conservation. In a world where progress is synonymous with urbanization and consumerism, the lives of traditional communities are constantly being sacrificed on the altar of modernity, even when the increasing pressure on natural resources should prompt an overhaul of our priorities. #climatechangeirreal #ghana #africa
Photo by Ashley Crowther @ashleycrowtherorg for @everydayclimatechange: Workers and nearby community members work and walk through a cloud of smoke from burning coal piles to sell as charcoal on the black market in Jharia, India.
This mass of burning fossil fuel is responsible for the gigantic plume of smoke that engulfs the entire area and the people that live in it.
The practice occurs every afternoon, every day of the week. Not only does this practice release vast amounts of carbon dioxide contributing to climate change, but also a mix of deadly particulates such as black carbon, sulfur, lead, and mercury, which are all severely harmful to health.
As I walked through the area, I could hear coughs in all directions, as people worked in the area without any protection from the deadly amounts of carbon dioxide gas and particulates. Even my particulate mask didn't save me from all of it; my snot was black after being in there for 20 minutes.
A preview of a large story I am currently working on.
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Image by @sean_gallagher_photo A man prepares to pick up a container full of water that he has just filled from freshly delivered government water trucks. The trucks visit many of the city's communities delivering water to those in need. Crowds regularly develop and arguments often ensue as the city's desperate residents make sure they receive enough water. ••• In the summer of 2016, parts of India experienced record drought as a result of consecutive failed monsoons. Global temperature records were broken each month in 2016 and India itself recorded its highest temperature of 51C. In conjunction with El Nino effects, this caused extreme environmental stresses in large parts of the country. ••• The state of Maharashtra was identified as the country’s worst affected area where up to 15,000 villages were believed to be without water. ••• As global temperatures continue to rise, the record drought of 2016 is predicted to be a recurring event in a country that is struggling to adapt to a warming world. ••• #everydayclimatechange #everydayeverywhere #asia #india #maharashtra #latur #drought #climatechange
Photo by Amnon Gutman @gutmanen for #everydayclimatechange. A view into one of the neighborhoods of Kiev, Ukraine, during a cold autumn day.
In the Carpathian Region (encompassing Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Romania and Serbia), heat wave events have become more frequent, longer, more severe and intense over the period 1961 - 2010, in particular in summer in the Hungarian Plain and in Southern Romania. Cold wave frequency, average duration, severity, and intensity over this period, on the other hand, generally decreased in every season except autumn. In this study, a heat wave was defined as at least five consecutive days with daily maximum temperature above the long-term 90th percentile of daily maximum temperatures. Similarly, a cold wave was defined as at least five consecutive days with daily minimum temperatures below the long-term 10th percentile of daily minimum temperatures. The trend analysis shows a general tendency to more frequent, longer, more severe and more intense heat wave events in every season in the entire Carpathian Region. On the other hand, the cold waves show a general tendency to less frequent, shorter, less severe, and less intense events.
During 1951-2011, most of the heat wave episodes in Ukraine occurred at stations located in Eastern Ukraine (in this case heat waves being defined as periods of more than 5 consecutive days with daily maximum air temperature ≥5 °C above the mean daily maximum air temperature during June to August for the normal climatic period 1961–1990). The number of heat wave episodes was highest for almost all stations in the decade 2001–2010. For many stations, the longest heat wave duration occurred in the first two decades of August 2010, i.e. in the period of the extremely severe heat wave in Western Russia. #climatechange #globalwarming #climatechangeukraine
Guest Repost/Photo by @patagoniadreaming for @everydayclimatechange. "Scientists say Patagonia's glaciers are shrinking at a proportionally faster rate and at a higher altitudes than anywhere else in the world. Moreover, data show that from 2000-2012, the rate of thinning was more than double what it was from 1975-2000 in the Patagonian ice fields and this trend continues".
@patagonjournal no 16, "Gino Casassa: documenting climate changes and the rapid retreat of Patagonian glaciers". The climate changes are very easy to see and experience here in Patagonia, it goes so fast that you actually see the difference. Furthermore, the weather has been acting weird and extreme this season. Picture taken from our glacier hike back in December 2016, shortly after a huge iceberg measuring 350x380 meters split off from the Glacier Grey. Another unusual act that got a lot of attention around the world. .
#climatechange #globalwarming #glaciergrey #torresdelpaine #torresdelpainenationalpark #icehike #glacierhike #patagoniachile #everydayclimatechange #womenwhohike #womenwhoexplore #southpatagonianicefield #glaciers
Photo by John Novis @johnnovis
Nomadic mother and child - Ngoring Lake, Madoi County, Tibet Platueau, Qinghai, China.
Extreme changes in environmental conditions since the 1980’s are forcing nomadic families from their traditional way of life due to climate change and overgrazing increasing grassland degradation, depriving them of their livelihood. The Chinese government is currently attempting to house the nomadic people in new compounds on the Tibet Plateau. In the last 30 years, the region has lost 17% of its glaciers and the rate of melting ice is now 10 times faster than it has been for the previous 300 years. Environmental study in the region identifies furtherproblems linked to climate change including: dried lakes, advancing deserts, subsidence from melted permafrost, soil erosion and threatened species such as the Tibetan Lynx and Snow Leopard. Due to its particular hydrology, the Yellow River is very sensitive to even small changes in its water supply. Over 120 million people rely on the Yellow River ‘s water for domestic as well as agricultural and industrial uses. The river’s source region plays the major role in supplying the whole river basin, providing 55% of the water for the length of the river above the city of Lanzhou, about 550 km from the Yellow River’s source.
Windy Hill #windfarm produces 12 megawatts of electricity, or enough to supply 3,500 homes. The 20-turbine windfarm will help to reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions by up to 0.625million tonnes of CO2 equivalent during its forecast 25 year operating life. The turbines came online in 2000, and were the first in #Queensland, #Australia. Photo by @jshphotog. #climatechange #everydayclimatechange #renewables #sustainableenergy #JeremySuttonHibbert
Photo by Mette Lampcov @mettelampcov for @everydayclimatechange.
A Gray juvenile Whale is passing the California coastline heading north back to the Bering Sea as part of its yearly migration that Gray Whales do for Calving in Baja California.
Gray whales are believed to have the longest known migration of any mammal. They travel 10,000-12,000 miles round trip every year between their winter calving lagoons in the warm waters of Mexico and their summer feeding grounds in the cold Arctic seas.
According to NOAA : The impacts of climate change on the Gray Whale , such as reduced sea ice cover in the arctic, may already be affecting gray whales. Studies show they now feed farther north, and stay there longer, than they have before. What is clear is that gray whales have increased the amount of time they spend feeding far north of the Bering Straits. In addition the timing of their southbound migration is occurring later and there is a strong link between the timing of the melt of seasonal ice in the Bering Sea and the number of calves counted in the following spring. There have also been more observations of “skinny whales” in the lagoons and along the Pacific Coast, but it is difficult to determine how much of this is the result of more sensitivity of scientists and the public to gray whale condition following the unusual mortality event of 1999 and 2000.
#graywhale #whales #naturephotography #dronephotography #climate #climatechangeisreal #california
#naturalwonder #doubleexposure #nature #noaa #PacificCoast
Photo by Ashley Crowther @ashleycrowtherorg for @everydayclimatechange: A portrait of a coal miner in the mines of Jharia, India. The mines of Jharia have been on fire for over 100-years. Everything underground is burning with the unlimited fuel supply being coal.
A cocktail of unfiltered toxic fumes including black carbon, sulfur, and lead constantly blanket the area that the men and women working in the area breathe day and night.
Preview of a large story I am currently working on.
#everydayclimatechange #everydayindia #india #southasia #asia #everydayeverywhere #portrait #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #gettyreportage
Image by @sean_gallagher_photo A group of young men walk across barren farmland near the city of Latur. •••In the summer of 2016, parts of India experienced record drought as a result of consecutive failed monsoons. Global temperature records were broken each month in 2016 and India itself recorded its highest temperature of 51C. In conjunction with El Nino effects, this caused extreme environmental stresses in large parts of the country. ••• The state of Maharashtra was identified as the country’s worst affected area where up to 15,000 villages were believed to be without water. ••• As global temperatures continue to rise, the record drought of 2016 is predicted to be a recurring event in a country that is struggling to adapt to a warming world. ••• #everydayclimatechange #everydayeverywhere #asia #india #maharashtra #latur #drought #climatechange
Photo by @franckvogel for @everydayclimatechange
For International Women's Day I wanted to share the portrait of Vandana Shiva who is a great source of inspiration for many of us fighting against climate change.
#franckvogel #vandanashiva #internationwomensday2018 #activitist #environment #climatechangeisreal #woman #india #inspirational #everydayclimatechange
Photo of @yearsofliving for @everydayclimatechange
Did you know if you’re 41 or younger you’ve never experienced a normal climate, not even once?
The last time it was cooler than the 20th century average was in 1976 when Gerald Ford was President of the United States. The first Star Wars movie had just started filming and Steve Jobs had just founded Apple computer in his garage. If you were born in the 1980’s, you grew up in the warmest decade ever recorded. That is until the 1990's, where every year was warmer than the 1980's average. And each decade has been hotter than the last, right up until today.
If you’re in your teens, almost every year of your life has been one of the hottest years ever recorded. 17 of the 18 hottest years on record have occurred since 2001. This is just the beginning. What may seem “normal” today will soon feel anything but. These are #climatefacts share widely.
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Photo by Georgina Goodwin @ggkenya for @everydayclimatechange.
Sacdiya Mohamed Noor, 30 and her 1 year old son Mohamed, who looks over at dried food, in their makeshift kitchen in Kapasa displaced people camp on June 11, 2017 in Jubaland, Somalia. Sacdiya is one of around 41,000 ‘climate refugees’ in Kapasa, migrating to aid centres like so many rural farmers in Somalia to escape the drought. She has 7 children, a sister and nephew who depend on her in Kapasa leaving 2 sisters and her mother behind. She has nowhere to grow her own food, Sacdiya now relies totally on humanitarian aid, sending most of her funds away to her mother and sisters. .
Somalia’s drought has now spanned four consecutive poor rainy seasons, forcing millions from their homes and leaving hundreds of thousands of children malnourished. About 6.2 million people in Somalia - half the population - need emergency aid due to unprecedented drought and ongoing conflict, the United Nations said in January 2018, appealing for $1.6 billion.
Drought is one of the causes of conflict, it’s the #women and #children who carry the heaviest burden. As Somalia’s human and livestock populations continues to grow the environment will continue to take a battering affecting the lives of millions of Somalis, displacing thousands more,
This week I’m sharing #WomensStories in celebration of #WorldWomensDay March 8th.
~ Taken on assignment for @WFP @wfpsomalia @aretestories .
#climatechange #globalwarming #IWD2018 #climatechangeisreal #refugees #women #children #everydayclimatechange @everydayclimatechange #humanrights #somalia #drought #myfeatureshoot #documentary #womenphotojournalism @Catchlight.io #catchlightphotography #catchlighteveryday #apjd #foodsecurity #famine #aid #conflict @womenphotograph @womeninphotojournalism @lensculture #lenscultureportraits
Photo by @jbrussell for @everydayclimatechange. Coal miners at the Chaikina coal mine in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region. At the end of the Soviet period coal miners went on a wide-spread, long-term strike for political change and contributed to the downfall of the Soviet Union. Following independence, Russia retained a de-facto monopoly on energy supplies to the country and a coercive influence over the government in Kiev. The economy of the Donbass region is dominated by coal mining and heavy industry and is crucial to energy production in the Ukraine. The current five year conflict in eastern Ukraine is in part about control of energy supplies and has seriously disrupted production. The United States has increased coal exports to the Ukraine by 40% in the past year. Economic crisis, corruption and the conflict have made the Ukraine dependent on antiquated, dirty forms of energy that contribute to global warming and climate change. As the country struggles to protect its sovereignty and independence, positive developments are under way however. According to Iryna Stavchuk of the National Ecology Center (NECU), "until the last year the Ukrainian government did not make any statements about decarbonization and 100% renewable energy. After signing the Paris Agreement, the environment ministry and even the energy ministry, which used to be very conservative, started talking about implementation of the agreement and a coal phase-out by 2050. Now it is time to translate rhetoric into action." Makeevka, Donbass, Ukraine, U.S.S.R. 20/04/1991 #climatechangeisreal #climatechange #globalwarming #environment #ecology #energy #coal #coalminers #Donbass #Ukraine #USSR #SovietUnion #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #film #analogue
Photo by John Novis @johnnovis for
Limbe, in Cameroon’s Southwest Region, is a coastal city famous for its black sand beaches, lush forestry bordering the Atlantic and located on the southern slopes of Mount Cameroon, one of Africa’s largest active volcanoes. However, Limbe whilst developing a tourst industry is also the center of Cameroon’s oil industry and home to the country’s sole oil refinery, opened in 1981. Although Limbe’s old offshore rigs are pumping less every year, oil production is expected to increase significantly in the near future. New offshore developments are in the works with an eye to further exploratory drilling onshore too.
Equatorial Guinea’s Bioko Island offshore oil industry are located a mere 25 miles away. From the beach at Limbe you can see the volcanic peaks of Bioko. A major spill in Equatorial Guinea waters would have devastating consequences for Limbe and the nearby mangroves, Both Equatorial Guinea and Cameroon lack any agreements on disaster response and unequipped to deal with any oil spill.
Offshore drilling directly threatens coastal communities and marine life with oil spills and toxic pollution. It also worsens climate change, ocean acidification and rising sea levels by deepening our dependence on fossil fuels and delaying our transition to clean energy.
Photo by Amnon Gutman @gutmanen for @everydayclimatechange
Railways track that are being used by refugees in order to get to the Serbian/Hungarian border, during a cold winter morning, 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
Photo by Georgina Goodwin @ggkenya for @everydayclimatechange. .
A woman covers her face from vehicle smoke in the main market in Lagos, Nigeria, March 2, 2018. Lagos inhabitants have been vulnerable to virtually all forms of damaging effects of climate change majorly propelled by seemingly uncontrollable air pollution. An estimated population of 21.2 million, continuous expansion, population increase and transformation of the city have contributed to Lagos’ present polluted states. Recent research by the University of Hawaii as reported in the Washington Post by Bernstein, 2013, shows that Lagos climate may undergo unprecedented change by 2029. A report released by Lagos State Ministry of the Environment 2012 reveals expected climate change in Lagos showing a temperature increase of 0.04°C per year, longer rainy seasons, extreme weather and heat days.
Loss of livelihoods, loss of land to the sea due to sea level rise, loss of physical infrastructure, loss of ecosystems and biodiversity, pollution of surface and groundwater, increased risk of water-borne diseases, chronic respiration illness, corrosion, acid rain and damage of crops.
#climatechange #globalwarming #everydayclimatechange #pollution @everydayclimatechange #documentary #photojournalism #climate #lagos #nigeria #environment #urban #city #toldwithexposure #visualsoflife #followmetoo #justbackfrom #climatechangeisreal @natgeo #reframeclimate #canonCNA #photooftheday
Photo by James Whitlow Delano @jameswhitlowdelano for @everydayclimatechange:
Ethiopian woman prepares a cooking fire using charcoal. Ethiopia is the 3rd largest user of biomass fuels (ie: firewood, charcoal, dung, etc.) in the world. 96% of Ethiopians are dependent on biomass compared with 90% for Sub-Saharan Africa and 77% for the continent. This leads to rampant deforestation and in the Ethiopian Highlands, flash floods and loss of rainwater that forests would retain for the dry season. Northern Ethiopian Highlands.
#climatechange #globalwarming #flood #drought #weather #ethiopia #ethiopianhighlands #home#cookingfire #jameswhitlowdelano
Photo By @matildegattoni for @everydayclimatechange ~ Milan Indro Montanelli’s Park covered with snow. In the past few days Europe was hit by an unusual cold wave coming from Siberia, the Burian wind reached as far as Southern Italy. #italy #coldwave #burian #climatechange #globalwarming #winter #extremetemperatures #climatechangeisreal
Photo by Bernardo De Niz (@bernardodeniz ) for @everydayclimatechange. Afghan boys walk in a hill over a heavy polluted Kabul. According to WHO (World Health Organization) estimates, deaths due to environmental risk constitute 26% of all deaths in Afghanistan. #climatechange #everydayclimatechange #afghanistan #kabul #airpollution #globalwarming #environment #documentary #photojournalism
Photo by Coleen Jose (@coleenjose) for @everydayclimatechange
Mona Jetnil and her son stand on the lagoon side of her home in the Marshall Islands capital, Majuro. “We'll see when we get there,” she says of their planned migration to Arkansas. Severe droughts and floods from high tides linked to climate change make the Marshall Islands increasingly uninhabitable. While some Marshallese are planning to migrate to the U.S. due to climate change, others, like Mona, want to move due to unemployment.
Kim Wall (@kimw4ll), Hendrik Hinzel (@jh_hinzel), and I report on the U.S. nuclear testing era, lasting radioactive contamination, and the emerging consequences of climate change. See our three-part series on @Mashable: http://on.mash.to/2BOEjNT
#marshallislands #nucleartesting #everydayclimatechange #reportage #nuclearjustice #climatechange #noonesdrowningbaby #climatejustice #reportagespotlight #migration #majuro
Image by @sean_gallagher_photo Young children play near drought-stricken fields in the village of Sayyad Ankulga, near the city of Latur in the state of Maharashtra, India (June, 2016) •••In the summer of 2016, parts of India experienced record drought as a result of consecutive failed monsoons. Global temperature records were broken each month in 2016 and India itself recorded its highest temperature of 51C. In conjunction with El Nino effects, this caused extreme environmental stresses in large parts of the country. ••• The state of Maharashtra was identified as the country’s worst affected area where up to 15,000 villages were believed to be without water. ••• As global temperatures continue to rise, the record drought of 2016 is predicted to be a recurring event in a country that is struggling to adapt to a warming world. ••• #everydayclimatechange #everydayeverywhere #asia #india #maharashtra #latur #drought #climatechange
Photos by Coleen Jose (@coleenjose) for @everydayclimatechange.
Locals call it the Tomb. Runit Dome in Enewetak Atoll is a nuclear waste site holding irradiated debris. This relic of the U.S. nuclear testing era is now vulnerable to storms, rising seas, and intensifying high tides. The sediment in the surrounding lagoon is more contaminated than what lays inside the cracking concrete dome, according to studies by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and U.S. Department of Energy.
On the Marshall Islands, Kim Wall (@kimw4ll), Hendrik Hinzel (@jh_hinzel), and I report on survivors of the U.S. nuclear testing era, lasting radioactive contamination, and the emerging consequences of climate change. See the Instagram story today and our three-part series on Mashable: http://on.mash.to/2BOEjNT
#noonesdrowningbaby #marshallislands #nucleartesting #everydayclimatechange #reportage #nuclearjustice #reportagespotlight #climatechange
Photo by Ashley Crowther @ashleycrowtherorg for @everydayclimatechange: The fertile Suru Valley in India's Himalayan mountain chain, which is home to two 7000+ meter peaks of Nun and Kun that loom in the background.
The large majority of this region sources its water from glaciers that carve down the mountainsides and create gushing rivers such as the Suru River. These rivers enable life to go on in these high altitude regions but are also just as significant to downstream villages, communities, towns, and major cities.
Every winter snowfalls in the region adding to glaciers and then melts as summer rolls around. The build of winter ice and summer melt is generally in equilibrium, which contributes to a constant source of water.
As climate change intensifies and warms the region, it is disrupting this delicate winter ice build up and summer melt cycle. Winters become shorter, and summers grow longer. Extended and hotter summers lead to excessive glacial melting, which winter snowfall is unable to replace.
In the short term, the retreat of Himalayan glaciers will provide ample water supplies. However, long-term water security for billions of people that rely on these glaciers for their water will be at risk if excessive melting continues due to warming temperatures. --
#everydayclimatechange #climatechange #globalwarming #himalayas #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #india #asia #southasia #evironment #landscape #climatechangeisreal
Photo by Georgina Goodwin @ggkenya for @everydayclimatechange. .
View of Mawenzi, Kili’s second highest peak, as climbers near Kibo the highest peak of Kilimanjaro at sunrise. “Glaciers on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro have shrunk dramatically since the mid-19th century and are still continuing to shrink quite rapidly,”- Tad Pfeffer, of the Institute for Arctic and Alpine Research. The current glacier decline of Kili’s ice-cap seems to more rapid and more extensive than previous shrinkages. About 90% of Kilimanjaro's snowcap has vanished, the rate of glacier shrinkage doubling since the 1970s when human caused climate change kicked in. If Kilimanjaro is to lose its snowy top the repercussions would be extremely serious: Kilimanjaro’s glaciers are essential to the survival of the local villages, supplying their drinking water, the water to irrigate their crops and, through hydroelectric production, their power; never mind the blow the loss of the snow-cap would deal to tourism. And these are just the local consequences. What is happening on Kilimanjaro is a microcosm of what could face the entire world in future. Kilimanjaro remains an important laboratory for studying glacier loss around the world and for measuring the effect of climate change on atmospheric circulation.
#climatechange #globalwarming #everydayclimatechange #Sunset @everydayclimatechange #documentary #photojournalism #climate #kilimanjaro #tanzania #environment #desert #desertification #toldwithexposure #visualsoflife #followmetoo #justbackfrom #glaciers #climatechangeisreal @natgeo #reframeclimate #ic_landscapes #canonCNA #photooftheday
Photo by James Whitlow Delano @jameswhitlowdelano for @everydayclimatechange
Through wind-driven snow and high walls of snow in Uonuma, Niigata Prefecture, Japan in February 2018.
Japan’s Sea of Japan coastal region is the snowiest place on earth at this latitude and has earned the name, “Yukiguni” or “Snow Country". The cold winds from the Asian continental hit the Sea of Japan picking up moisture which is then dumped as snow by the meter as the winds climb the mountain range running up the spine of Honshu.
Climate scientists say that climate change will mean less snow for this part of Japan and variations in annual snowfall are already felt. In this valley, records snows have buried houses, garages, etc. but the people are used to 2 meters of snow. This year there was 3 meters of snow and counting – more than a meter of snow can come in a single storm.
#climatechange #globalwarming #niigata #Japan #yukiguni #snow #blizzard
Photo by Will Baxter @baxpix for @everydayclimatechange
Artisanal #gold #miners work deep in Prey Lang forest, Sandan district, #KampongThom province, #Cambodia, January 28, 2013.
#PreyLang has suffered for years from the impacts of unregulated #goldmining and illegal logging. It has been estimated that #pollution from chemical substances used in some 3,000 mining operations in Kratie and Kampong Thom provinces has caused more than 70 percent of trees to die off in some areas, according to the Cambodian Center for Human Rights. These chemicals have also contaminated the Steung Chinet river, Kampong Thmar river and parts of the #Mekong.
#climatechange #globalwarming #carbonsink #photojournalism #documentaryphotography #photooftheday #picoftheday #conservation #forest
Photo by James Whitlow Delano @jameswhitlowdelano for @everydayclimatechange
The Hailuogou Glacier, which runs down the slopes of 7,556 meter (24,790ft) high Minya Konka (Gongga Shan), is dark even in the middle of winter. A large “bathtub ring” along the fringes shows how the glacier once filled this massive valley. The shows the glacier has not only receded up the valley but has lost thickness. The glacier has retreated 1,822 m (5,977 ft) in the past 106 years, with an annual mean retreat of 17.2 m (56 ft), and the front elevation has risen by 300 m (984 ft) since 1823.
Minya Konka sits on the edge of the Tibetan plateau, often called Asia’s "water tower” because nearly 1/3 of all humanity depend rivers running off its flanks.
Tibet’s glaciers are melting at a faster rate than elsewhere in the world. Scientists once thought that most of the melting occurred at lower elevations but Kang Shichang, a glaciologist at Chinese Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Tibetan Plateau Research in Beijing says that Tibetan glaciers may be losing ice at 6,000m (19685ft). In fact, in western Tibet, where glaciers have long been considered more stable than in eastern Tibet (where Minya Konka sits), there was an incredibly rare, massive glacial collapse where an entire glacier in the Aru Range gave way and careened down the mountain burying an area of almost four square miles in debris up to 100 feet deep. Nine herdsmen and hundreds of yaks and sheep were killed.
#climatechange #globalwarming #tibet #china #meltingice #recedingglaciers #glaciers