Photo by ashley crowther @ashleycrowtherorg for @everydayclimatechange: forest in the clouds in the lower region of the nepal himalaya. nepal has one of asia’s highest deforestation rates due to an increasing population requiring fuel for basic necessities like cooking. this is especially prevalent in rural mountainous areas where many forests like these have been stripped down to nothing.
forests play crucial environmental roles such as s*****g carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and reducing the damaging effects of climate change. furthermore, forests cool regional temperatures, and prevent soil erosions and landslides, which can both devastate communities nearby.
forest protection is a crucial for the planets future and our health and safety.
Image by @sean_gallagher_photo a rooster jumps over a small water channel in a community in central jakarta. some of the city's poorest residents live just a metre or two above the waterline, often resulting in their communities being the most 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. the city is regularly engulfed by floods, which often submerge over a third of the city, bringing the world’s tenth most populous city to a standstill. with nearly 40% of the city lying beneath sea level, this deluge of water is not a rare event for the millions of jakartans who live in this sprawling megalopolis. ▪▪▪as well as rising sea levels threatening the capital, the city itself is actually sinking as a result of groundwater extraction, exacerbating the flooding problem. the sinking is so severe that is occurring on average at 10cm per year however in certain parts of the city, the decline has been documented by as much as 30cm per year. ▪▪▪ it is estimated that up to a third of jakarta could be underwater within the next 20-30 years. ▪▪▪ images taken spring, 2013 ▪▪▪ #asia#indonesia#java#jakarta#climatechange#flooding#risingseas#canon5diii
Photo by james whitlow delano @jameswhitlowdelano on @everydayclimatechange
stagnant, fouled pools of water stand beside a gold camp run by brazilian "garimpeiros" artisanal miners in the deep amazon in suriname. bensdorp, suriname. gold has a higher greenhouse gas emission rate per ton than any other metal. it also leads to deforestation and unregulated artisanal miners, in particular, foul the water with highly toxic mercury which then enters the human food chain. industrial gold mining employs massive greenhouse gas-spewing machinery to crush rock - all for a metal feeding human vanity.
brazilian “garimpeiros” handmade sluice box used to separate gold from the soil and river stones at the downstream outlet of an artificial pond of foul water. brazilian “garimpeiros” are artisanal miners working independently on maroon land, scouring out entire watersheds, to extract gold from the riverbed using mercury (quicksilver) to enhance recovery of gold. large quantities of toxic, mercury is discharged into the watershed, which contaminates fish stocks, poisoning a primary source of protein for the local maroon population. in the end what is left is an inorganic poison wasteland where once stood one of the most diverse ecosystems on the planet. bensdorp, suriname
Photo @ggkenya for @everydayclimatechange: over half of zambia’s population live in rural areas and depends on agriculture, forests and wildlife, and these resources are being lost at a fast pace,
clearing forests for agriculture, charcoal and fuelwood production, are among the country’s main drivers of deforestation. across zambia, worsening impacts of climate change including more frequent and intense droughts and floods have led to food, water and energy insecurity, especially among the country's most vulnerable rural communities. to address these urgent challenges, the government of zambia, with support from the @worldbank, has launched a $33 million forest landscape program, the zambia integrated forest landscape program to improve sustainable land management, diversify livelihoods options available to rural communities, including climate-smart agriculture and forest-based livelihoods, and reduce deforestation in the zambia’s eastern province. an estimated 215,000 people will benefit directly from this program, and of these, at least 30 percent will be women,
“we simply can’t reach our goal of reducing emissions and mitigating climate change if we don’t place communities at the centre of this equation. if we start with improving how communities use and manage their land, we can increase their agriculture productivity while reducing forest loss and land conversion. that is change that is good for all—communities, government and the environment for generations to come,” says neeta hooda, the world bank’s senior natural resources management specialist,
Photo by @jbrussell for @everydayclimatechange traditional stilt fishermen off the southern coast of sri lanka. scientists are warning that a warming of the indian ocean due to climate change could cause an ecological desert in the region. the effects are already being felt by local fishermen who claim that over the past couple of decades fish sticks have been declining. overfishing could explain part of the decline, but according to roxy mathew koll, a scientist at the centre for climate change research at the indian institute of tropical meteorology in pune, "rapid warming in the indian ocean is playing an important role in reducing phytoplankton up to 20 percent.” phytoplankton – microscopic plants - are the base of the ocean food chain. a decrease in phytoplankton could “cascade through the food chain, potentially turning this biologically productive region into an ecological desert,” koll said. such a change would curb food security not only in indian ocean rim countries but also global fish markets that buy from the region, he said. global warming induced sea level rise will also severely affect sri lanka’s coastal economy including tourism, land resources, small industry and agriculture such as rice and coconut production. countries and communities around the indian ocean will need comprehensive policies to mitigate and adapt to the affects of global warming and climate change, but often don’t have the means to do so. koggala, sri lanka.
Photo by mette lampcov @mettelampcov
an aerial view over seminoles spring mobile home park in malibu california, where a 110 homes where lost in the woolsey fire. the size and the aggressive nature of the woolsey fire is directly connected to climate change. thousands of people in california have lost everything, their homes and belongings, and are feeling a huge financial burden, trauma and loss. the president of america who denies climate change is threatening via twitter to withdraw fema funding to these fire victims because he blames poor forest management on the state of california.
most people rely on fema for help to get back on their feet.
Photo by james whitlow delano @jameswhitlowdelano for @everydayclimatechange: "ju-hyo" (ice trees) trees encased in rime ice, high in the hakkoda mountains, aomori prefecture, japan. the area has been buried every winter in up to 5 meters (16.4 ft.) or more of snow. the japanese also lovingly call the trees “snow monsters”. the yomiuri shimbun newspaper reported this week that japan’s ju-hyo are threatened by bark beetles that are threatening alpine forests at the tree line throughout japan, and in north america as well. ju-hyo are created when supercooled water droplets from clouds forming over the sea of japan accumulate and freeze on aomori-todomatsu (marie’s fir/abies mariesii) trees. in the past, enough bark beetles’ eggs were killed by extremely cold winter temperatures. now, with climate change, more survive eggs survive the winter and infest the forests, killing the trees. in the case in japan, the warmer winter is allowing pest, for which the trees have little defense, to move up the mountain and weaken the trees, making them even more susceptible to the bark beetles.
Image by @sean_gallagher_photo a mother leads her child through the shallows of a beach in northern jakarta, indonesia. the city has been identified as one of the world's most vulnerable cities to climate change, especially related to rising sea levels. according to the new york times in 2017, "jakarta is sinking faster than any other big city on the planet, faster, even, than climate change is causing the sea to rise — so surreally fast that rivers sometimes flow upstream, ordinary rains regularly swamp neighborhoods and buildings slowly disappear underground, swallowed by the earth. the main cause: jakartans are digging illegal wells, drip by drip draining the underground aquifers on which the city rests — like deflating a giant cushion underneath it. about 40 percent of jakarta now lies below sea level." --- #everydayclimatechange#everydayeverywhere#asia#indonesia#java#jakarta#climatechange
Our forest guide shows us how he works and lives in the tapajós national forest with his community, the munduruku tribe. the community are guardians of the forest and serve to protect the lungs of the world from the advance of agribusiness, extractive industries, roads and dams. the world’s rainforests are key to combating deadly climate change by capturing carbon from the atmosphere and keeping it locked away. concerned scientists agree, that halting deforestation is just as urgent as reducing carbon emissions
on 1 january, jair bolsonaro was sworn in as brazil’s 38th president. he has expressed open disdain for the indigenous peoples of brazil declaring: "it’s a shame that the brazilian cavalry wasn’t as efficient as the americans, who exterminated the indians". it is no exaggeration to say that some of the world’s most unique and diverse tribes are facing annihilation. 📷 @johnnovis #climatechange#climatechangeisreal #everydayclimatechange #globalwarming #environment #logging
#mining #indigenous #ecosystem #bolsonaro #biodiversity #conservation #instagram #fromthearchives #canon@greenpeace www.johnnovis.com
Photo by amnon gutman @gutmanen for #everydayclimatechange. a lone tree stands in a field near the greek- macedonian border,as heavy rain approaches.
even under an intermediate scenario, the greek mainland in 2071-2100 would, compared to now, have some 35-40 more days with a maximum daily temperature of 35 c or more, while even greater would be the increase (by around 50 at the national level) in the number of tropical nights (when minimum temperatures do not fall below 20c). at the other end of the spectrum, the number of nights with frost is expected to drop significantly, especially in northern greece (by as many as 40). changes are also expected in precipitation extremes. in eastern greece and nw macedonia, the maximum amount of precipitation occurring within 3-day periods is expected to increase by as much as 30%, whereas in western greece it is expected to decrease by as much as 20%. by contrast, the greatest increases in drought periods are projected for the eastern part of the mainland and for northern crete, where 20 more drought days are expected per year in 2021-2050 and up to 40 more drought days are expected in 2071-2100.
an abandoned hotel almost at the water's edge due to beach erosion in talipanan beach in puerto galera. by law, all structures are supposed to be 3 m from the high water mark but unregulated or underregulated rampant development has meant that when stronger storms, due to climate change, have washed away the beach, the land behind the beach, which would allow the beach to be replenished, is increasingly sealed under concrete. puerto galera, mindoro, philippine recently world-famous boracay island was forcibly closed for six months of clean up. puerto galera, mindoro along with el nido, palawan and panglao island off of bohol island have been mentioned as possible subjects to similar closure in the future.
Image by @sean_gallagher_photo a boy sits on a discarded couch in a flooded district in northern jakarta. the city has been identified as one of the world's most vulnerable cities to climate change, especially related to rising sea levels. according to the new york times in 2017, "jakarta is sinking faster than any other big city on the planet, faster, even, than climate change is causing the sea to rise — so surreally fast that rivers sometimes flow upstream, ordinary rains regularly swamp neighborhoods and buildings slowly disappear underground, swallowed by the earth. the main cause: jakartans are digging illegal wells, drip by drip draining the underground aquifers on which the city rests — like deflating a giant cushion underneath it. about 40 percent of jakarta now lies below sea level." --- #everydayclimatechange#everydayeverywhere#asia#indonesia#java#jakarta#climatechange