What you need to know about climate change cannot be taught in several pictures. Realistically, it cannot even be taught in several in-depth scientific articles. Here, we won’t even claim we have scratched the surface, but after seeing these pictures you might be inclined to do your own research and learn more about the phenomenon that is seriously endangering life on earth as we know it. All you need to know, for now, is that climate change is a scientific fact. The time for debates is over. Educate yourself. Let us begin.
1. The Enterprise Bridge, Oroville, California
The bridge over a section of Lake Oroville in 2011 (left) and 2014 (right) in the Californian Central Valley which is experiencing “exceptional” droughts.
2. The Grinnell Glacier in Montana in 1926 and 2008
During the past century, sea levels have risen by 4 to 8 inches and melting glaciers have played a significant part in that increase. It is predicted sea levels could rise between 10 to 23 inches by 2100 which would mean the evacuation of numerous coastal areas.
3. The San Blas Archipelago in Panama: 2002 and 2014
Rising sea levels due to climate change are forcing one of Panama’s most well-known indigenous groups to draw up plans to relocate from their autonomous island territories to the mainland. In addition to property destruction, it is questionable whether these tribal groups would be adept at communicating with the outside world.
4. 1930s vs 2005: Alaskan Pedersen Glacier
5. 1880s vs 2005: Alaskan Muir Glacier And Inlet
Bruce Molnia from the Geological Society of America created a project documenting the decline of Alaskan glaciers. The photographs between 1987 and 2005 have shown the glacier retreat for more than 30 miles, rendering it almost invisible today.
6. The Aral Sea in 1989 and 2014
The Aral Sea lying between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan was once the world’s fourth-largest lake but has been shrinking for the last 40 years. The desertification in this region has now reduced its land and natural resources to the point that they can no longer be used.
7. The bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef between 2002 And 2014
A habitat for thousands of species, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands stretching for over 1,500 miles off the coast of Queensland, Australia. Due to an increase in sea temperature, 50% of the reef were bleached in 2002 and 75% in 2012. It has been reported that the reef has lost more than half of its coral cover since 1985 and many scientists believe the process to be irreversible.
8. Artic Ice, 1980 and 2012
Climatologists are suggesting that the Artic will have entirely ice-free summers by 2040. The melting of the Arctic will probably affect changing weather patterns in the rest of the world, with catastrophic consequences felt as far as the Indian Ocean.