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Reportage & street photog with a Leica. Founder of @everydayclimatechange. Shooting human rights & environmental projects. @pulitzercenter grantee

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A flotilla of boats carrying pilgrims and tourists wait off of Dashashwamedh Ghat for the evening
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A flotilla of boats carrying pilgrims and tourists wait off of dashashwamedh ghat for the evening "puja" ceremony. varanasi, india over 400 million people depend upon the ganges, the most holy of river to hindus, for their drinking water. that is more than the population of the united states and the river is among the most contaminated in the world.

#india #holyrivers #varanasi #pilgrims #contamination #pollution #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
79 0 1 hour ago
A laundry worker, known as a dhobi, washes clothes in the Yamuna River, India's most polluted river.  Agra, India  Laundry detergents introduce phosphates to the already polluted river.  If there are any fish in the Yamuna in Agra (not likely), phosphates destroy mucus layers that protect fish from bacteria and parasites and protect fish eggs.  Most fish will die when phosphate levels approach 15 ppm (parts per million) and 5 ppm will kill fish eggs. 
#india #yamuna #holyrivers #pollution #water #contamination #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
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A laundry worker, known as a dhobi, washes clothes in the yamuna river, india's most polluted river. agra, india laundry detergents introduce phosphates to the already polluted river. if there are any fish in the yamuna in agra (not likely), phosphates destroy mucus layers that protect fish from bacteria and parasites and protect fish eggs. most fish will die when phosphate levels approach 15 ppm (parts per million) and 5 ppm will k**l fish eggs.
#india #yamuna #holyrivers #pollution #water #contamination #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
181 0 Yesterday
Fishermen on a sampan-style boat and Chinese-style net (reflecting its proximity to Southeast Asia) in the highly contaminated Hooghly River, a branch of the Ganges, in Kolkata.  According to a WaterAid assessment in 2015, 80% of India's surface water is polluted.  WaterAid added that vector-borne disease, dysentery, cholera and diarrhea are on the increase.  The sewage and heavy metals in industrial effluent are absorbed into the tissues of fish and enter the human food chain, affecting people's health, in this way.

Only 30 % of sewage is treated.  The rest is released directly into water bodies.

#india #howrah #water #kolkata #pollution #contamination #fisherman #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
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Fishermen on a sampan-style boat and chinese-style net (reflecting its proximity to southeast asia) in the highly contaminated hooghly river, a branch of the ganges, in kolkata. according to a wateraid assessment in 2015, 80% of india's surface water is polluted. wateraid added that vector-borne disease, dysentery, cholera and diarrhea are on the increase. the sewage and heavy metals in industrial effluent are absorbed into the tissues of fish and enter the human food chain, affecting people's health, in this way.

only 30 % of sewage is treated. the rest is released directly into water bodies.

#india #howrah #water #kolkata #pollution #contamination #fisherman #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
221 2 Yesterday
Condoriri - the mountain that looks like a condor with its wings outstretched & glaciers running down its shoulders.  Cordillera Real, Bolivia

A sublime scene but the climate change fact is that the glacier come off Condoriri nearly reached the lake 15 years ago, according to friend & guide Teofilo Mamani.  The two glaciers running down the mountains to the right, 15 years ago met and formed a single large glacier.  So, these ancient rivers of ice are receding at an alarming rate.

#climatechange #globalwarming #condoriri #bolivia #andes #cordillerareal #meltingglaciers #glaciers #ice #water #everydayclimatechange #jameswhitlowdelano
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Condoriri - the mountain that looks like a condor with its wings outstretched & glaciers running down its shoulders. cordillera real, bolivia

a sublime scene but the climate change fact is that the glacier come off condoriri nearly reached the lake 15 years ago, according to friend & guide teofilo mamani. the two glaciers running down the mountains to the right, 15 years ago met and formed a single large glacier. so, these ancient rivers of ice are receding at an alarming rate.

#climatechange #globalwarming #condoriri #bolivia #andes #cordillerareal #meltingglaciers #glaciers #ice #water #everydayclimatechange #jameswhitlowdelano
104 3 3 days ago
Pilgrims perform morning
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Pilgrims perform morning "pujas" (worship/prayer) in the ganges river at dashashwamedh ghat. varanasi, india over 400 million people depend upon the ganges, the most holy of river to hindus, for their drinking water. that is more than the population of the united states and the river is among the most contaminated in the world.

#india #water #pollution #contamination #health #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
321 4 4 days ago
Carcass of a cow and dog have washed up on the bank of the Ganges River along with all manner of plastic and other detritus as a dog cools itself in the afternoon heat.  Varanasi, India.  Over 400 million people depend upon the Ganges for their drinking water.  That is more than the population of the United States and the river is among the most contaminated in the world.

#india #ganges #holyrivers #varanasi #water #contamination #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
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Carcass of a cow and dog have washed up on the bank of the ganges river along with all manner of plastic and other detritus as a dog cools itself in the afternoon heat. varanasi, india. over 400 million people depend upon the ganges for their drinking water. that is more than the population of the united states and the river is among the most contaminated in the world.

#india #ganges #holyrivers #varanasi #water #contamination #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
141 1 5 days ago
Woman endures a monsoonal downpour in an open auto-rickshaw in old Delhi.  India  According to a WaterAid assessment in 2015, 80% of India's surface water is polluted.  WaterAid added that vector-borne disease, dysentery, cholera and diarrhea are on the increase.  Only 30 % of sewage is treated.  The rest is released directly into water bodies.

#india #water #delhi #yamuna #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
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Woman endures a monsoonal downpour in an open auto-rickshaw in old delhi. india according to a wateraid assessment in 2015, 80% of india's surface water is polluted. wateraid added that vector-borne disease, dysentery, cholera and diarrhea are on the increase. only 30 % of sewage is treated. the rest is released directly into water bodies.

#india #water #delhi #yamuna #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
459 5 6 days ago
Back to Holy Rivers: Mostly plastic waste clogs up a waterway feeding the East Kolkata Wetlands.  India.  Wastewater. itself, is 95% water and 5% problematic bacteria.  Long canals feeding the wetlands feed the wetlands and much of the bacteria are broken down with UV rays from the sun.  UV rays are used industrially to make tap water drinkable.  The wetlands are under threat, however, from development, as the city encroaches on the horizon.  Parts of the wetlands, which also serve to naturally reduce flooding, are being re-zoned for development.  The wetlands are also under threat from garbage and contaminatants, like heavy metals, leaching into the water from a huge city dump set within the wetlands.  Kolkata, India

#india #water #contamination #wastedisposal #gangeswatershed #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
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Back to holy rivers: mostly plastic waste clogs up a waterway feeding the east kolkata wetlands. india. wastewater. itself, is 95% water and 5% problematic bacteria. long canals feeding the wetlands feed the wetlands and much of the bacteria are broken down with uv rays from the sun. uv rays are used industrially to make tap water drinkable. the wetlands are under threat, however, from development, as the city encroaches on the horizon. parts of the wetlands, which also serve to naturally reduce flooding, are being re-zoned for development. the wetlands are also under threat from garbage and contaminatants, like heavy metals, leaching into the water from a huge city dump set within the wetlands. kolkata, india

#india #water #contamination #wastedisposal #gangeswatershed #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
244 2 1 weeks ago
The same factors drying out Lago Poopo, climate change & water diversion for mining, have led to the smaller but still large, Lago Uru Uru drying out.  Oruro, Bolivia

#climatechange #globalwarming #water #drought #ecologicalcollapse #drylake #uruuru #bolivia #altiplano #jameswhitlowdelano #everydayclimatechange
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The same factors drying out lago poopo, climate change & water diversion for mining, have led to the smaller but still large, lago uru uru drying out. oruro, bolivia

#climatechange #globalwarming #water #drought #ecologicalcollapse #drylake #uruuru #bolivia #altiplano #jameswhitlowdelano #everydayclimatechange
74 2 2 weeks ago
Lago Poopo, Bolivia’s second largest lake, dried out two years ago due to climate change (prolonged drought) & syphoning off of water from rivers that feed it by the mining industry.  Bolivia’s glaciers are receding rapidly (some suggest they only have 40 years left) & its rainfall is steadily declining.  Farmers, who grow quinoa around the now-dry lake, say that the region is far drier than in the past, driving the young into crowded cities.

#climatechange #globalwarming #bolivia #altiplano #water #poopo #drylake #ecologicalcollapse #jameswhitlowdelano
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Lago poopo, bolivia’s second largest lake, dried out two years ago due to climate change (prolonged drought) & syphoning off of water from rivers that feed it by the mining industry. bolivia’s glaciers are receding rapidly (some suggest they only have 40 years left) & its rainfall is steadily declining. farmers, who grow quinoa around the now-dry lake, say that the region is far drier than in the past, driving the young into crowded cities.

#climatechange #globalwarming #bolivia #altiplano #water #poopo #drylake #ecologicalcollapse #jameswhitlowdelano
183 10 2 weeks ago
A banyan tree growth on an embankment separating pools of water, of various levels of contamination, in a village at the base of a massive garbage dump in the East Kolkata Wetlands.  India.  Wastewater is 95% water and 5% problematic bacteria.  Long canals feeding the wetlands feed the wetlands and much of the bacteria are broken down with UV rays from the sun.  UV rays are used industrially to make tap water drinkable.  The wetlands are also under threat, however, from contamination, including heavy metals, leaching into the water from this huge city dump set within the wetlands.  Kolkata, India

#water #contamination #wastemanagement #pollution #health #india #kolkata #kolkatawetlands #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
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A banyan tree growth on an embankment separating pools of water, of various levels of contamination, in a village at the base of a massive garbage dump in the east kolkata wetlands. india. wastewater is 95% water and 5% problematic bacteria. long canals feeding the wetlands feed the wetlands and much of the bacteria are broken down with uv rays from the sun. uv rays are used industrially to make tap water drinkable. the wetlands are also under threat, however, from contamination, including heavy metals, leaching into the water from this huge city dump set within the wetlands. kolkata, india

#water #contamination #wastemanagement #pollution #health #india #kolkata #kolkatawetlands #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
207 1 2 weeks ago
Delivery man carries a tank of propane along a channel that carries water laced with all kinds of contaminants and sewage from an industrial district in Agra to the Yamuna River, India's most polluted river.  Old City in Agra, India According to a WaterAid assessment in 2015, 80% of India's surface water is polluted.  WaterAid added that vector-borne disease, dysentery, cholera and diarrhea are on the increase.  Only 30 % of sewage is treated.  The rest is released directly into water bodies like this one.  More than 60 million people depend upon the Yamuna River for their water supply.

#water #yamuna #agra #pollution #health #india #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
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Delivery man carries a tank of propane along a channel that carries water laced with all kinds of contaminants and sewage from an industrial district in agra to the yamuna river, india's most polluted river. old city in agra, india according to a wateraid assessment in 2015, 80% of india's surface water is polluted. wateraid added that vector-borne disease, dysentery, cholera and diarrhea are on the increase. only 30 % of sewage is treated. the rest is released directly into water bodies like this one. more than 60 million people depend upon the yamuna river for their water supply.

#water #yamuna #agra #pollution #health #india #documentaryphotography #jameswhitlowdelano
209 0 2 weeks ago