Image by @sean_gallagher_photo a woman watches over her goats which graze on dry grass in drought-stricken fields near the city of latur, 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
Photo by georgina goodwin @ggkenya for @everydayclimatechange. .
at the pangani river mouth on tanzania’s northern coast, fisherman sell their oceanic catches. the pangani river receives more than half of its water from kilimanjaro’s slopes but a reduction and flow in the river water is causing the indian ocean’s incoming tides to dominate the pangani’s fresh water flow, negatively affecting the marine and aquatic biodiversity. since 1948 there has been a small but significant decrease in humidity on mount kilimanjaro which not only affects glacial stability since most ice accumulates during the wet season, but also the replenishment of the mountains many rivers, the main one being the pangani. africa’s highest peak has long captured the world’s imagination but as kilimanjaro’s melting snows focuses attention on global warming the real climate change story is playing itself out downstream.
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Photo by @jbrussell for @everydayclimatechange. a marsh arab boy in the hammar marsh near basra. iraq's southern wetlands lie at the confluence of the tigris and euphrates rivers where they split into hundreds of channels before emptying into the persian gulf. in the 1990s saddam hussein drained the marshes when local tribal leaders supported a shiite uprising against the regime, depriving the marsh arab residents of their traditional livelihood and way of life and causing an ecological disaster. in 2003 after the fall of the regime, the marshes were reflooded by the local residents. gradually the wetlands' biodiversity and some of the 500,000 thousand inhabitants who had been displaced began to return. today however, the marshes of southern iraq are once again under threat. drought caused by climate change and poor water management have dramatically reduced the volume of water flowing into the wetlands, diminishing their size by half. reduced water flow, rising temperatures and evaporation, as well as saltwater intrusion from the gulf, have caused the salinity of the marshes to rise dramatically. prior to saddam hussein's draining of the marshes, salinity levels generally remained under 200 ppm. currently salinity is around 2,500 ppm and sometimes reaches 7,000 ppm. the salinization of the marshes is killing the reeds, plant life, fish stocks and domesticated livestock of the local inhabitants. once known as a garden of eden in the desert, climate change is contributing to the destruction of iraq's unique wetland ecosystem as well as the marsh arabs' way of life. hammar marsh, iraq. #climatechangeisreal#everydayclimatechange#climate#globalwarming#iraq#middleeast#wetlands#marche#marchearabs#photojournalism
Photo by amnon gutman @gutmanen for @everydayclimatechange. a woman sits by the seine river, during a hot spring 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@climatechange france
Photo by ashley crowther @ashleycrowtherorg for @everydayclimatechange: first light hitting the indus river valley in the indian himalaya. located on the tibetan plateau, this region, in particular, is an alpine desert due to the lack of rainfall.
water in the region is instead mainly sourced from snowfall during winter and mountain glaciers that feed the mighty rivers that originate out of the himalayas such as the indus river.
as climate change is intensifying due to increases in carbon emissions from the burning of fossil fuels the himalayan region is experiencing vast warming. this warmer climatic shift is causing snowfall in the winter to decrease and one of the main causes of rapid glacier retreat.
ultimately, the reduction of snowfall and glacier retreat is increasing threats to water security locally and regionally. this includes megacities such as new delhi in india and karachi in pakistan.
collectively speaking, over 1.4 billion people in asia rely on snowmelt and glaciers in the himalayas for their water.
Photo by james whitlow delano @jameswhitlowdelano for @everydayclimatechange
the end of the main glacier, baishui#1, on 5,596 meter (18,360 ft) mount satseto (to the naxi) and jade dragon snow mountain (to the chinese) has receded 250 meters (825 ft) since 1982. this glacier, the southernmost on the eurasian continent, was only accessible by foot in 1997 but has been accessible by ropeway since 1999. the photo was made in january 2014 and yet there is very little fresh snow despite being at an elevation of 4,000 meters (13123 ft). winters are dry in yunnan but the complete absence of snow in winter is telling. scientists believe, at this rate, the glacier could entirely disappear in the next few decades.
Photo by @janetjarman - a contractor installs solar panels on the roof of a home in central mexico's guanajuato state. mexico's energy policies have traditionally been focused on petroleum, while renewable sources only had half-hearted political support. in december 2013, the mexican government passed a constitutional reform that effectively opened the energy sector to private investment, including for electricity generation. one of the reform’s goals was to modernize the sector by incentivizing renewable energy through clean energy certificates. since 2013, mexico has seen a solar boom, and the country is now the second largest solar generator in latin america, with more rapid growth expected. “a surprising consequence of the mexican energy reform will be the rapid
acceleration of decarbonization and a transformation of the electricity market,” says morgan stanley in a recent report on mexico's rapidly changing energy market.
Everydayclimatechange photo by @bernardodeniz for @everydayclimatechange : a chinese woman sells seeds in the street market in china’s heilongjiang province, near the border with russia at -40 celsius (-40 f). extreme temperatures are more common nowadays with a side effect of climate change. worldwide record setting cold temperatures during the first weeks of 2018. some scientists believe that arctic warming may be a factor in this type of weather. #winter#everydayclimatechange#china#winter
Photo by will baxter @baxpix for @everydayclimatechange
a #fisherman paddles out onto the #oubanguiriver, #bangui, central african republic, feb 4, 2018.
the #oubangui is the largest #tributary of the #congoriver, and flows along the border between #centralafricanrepublic, the republic of congo, and the democratic republic of congo a republic. while car has exceptionally fertile soil, its recent history of conflict also makes it accutely susceptible to risks associated with climate change and environmental degradation brought on by exploitation of the country's #resources. since the 2013 overthrow of then-president francois bozize, thousands have been killed in this impoverished nation of 4.6 million. despite numerous attempts to broker peace agreements, car continues to be mired in conflict between at least 18 major armed groups that control some 80 percent of the country. at present, these groups are aggressively fighting for control of territory (and resources like diamond and gold mines) before the late april onset of the rainy season.
environmentalists argue that strengthening the capacity of the country to adapt to climate change could help build lasting peace if implemented as a strategic part of the process of reconstruction and reconciliation. and the need for such action is urgent. estimates indicate that temperatures in car could increase by 1.5 to 2.75 degrees celsius by 2080.
Photo by john novis @johnnovis for @everydayclimatechange
timber transport in cameroon
undercover photo shot at douala port, cameroon shows lorries transporting huge logs for timber shipping export. the rich lumber is felled to make way for palm oil projects in the north of the country and will find it’s way to clients in europe and east asia. the so called ‘projects’ are destroying some of the key remaining forests in the west african nation and threaten species-rich reserves.the surviving forest area is a vital collector of co2 , however if the forests are felled and the land is converted to palm oil projects and sale of timber, as has been widely practiced for the past 30 years in south-east asia, then the forest conversion emits vast quantities of co2 and intensifies climate change.
Photo by @edkashi/@viiphoto. the amazing vegetation of the colca canyon, peru. this year, peru has seen the most devastating downpours in decades as climate change is expected to make these kinds of floods more frequent. according to @reuters, the precipitation has been fueled by unusually warm temperatures in the pacific. this is a rapid change in climate compared to the wildfires that tore across peru’s drought-stricken regions just last year. #everydayclimatechange#ecc#actonclimate#climatechangeisreal#peru#travel
Photo by amnon gutman @gutmanen for @everydayclimatechange. kite surfers , during a hot summer day in south 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@climatechange france
Photo by ashley crowther @ashleycrowtherorg for @everydayclimatechange: two women rest on their way up to the doksa (a place where the cows get milked) close by to kumik, zanskar valley, india.
the mountain of sultan largo looms over them in the background with is ever decreasing glacier and snowfields. over the past few decades, kumik’s glacier has been in rapid retreat and no longer supplies water to the village at a sustainable rate. kumik is becoming increasingly reliant on a small spring that is recharged by winter snows, which are also in decline.
the effects are chronic drought conditions. sultan largo’s glacier now joins hundreds of others located in the himalayas in their retreat due to warming temperatures from carbon emissions. the himalayas are referred to as the globe’s ‘third pole’ due to the amount of ice it contains. the water this ice provides supplies over 2 billion people across asia. furthermore, many of the great himalayan rivers provide hydro-electricity contributions to mega-cities such as new delhi.
the vast melting of the globe’s third pole due to warming temperatures has the potential to cause catastrophic drought across asia. indeed, many communities across the himalaya are already experiencing it first hand, such as kumik. --