14 Photos Proving Climate Change Isn’t a Joke and We should Take Notice
Cities flooding, lakes drying up, melting glaciers, cloudbursts in mountain regions, snow in deserts all testify to the fact that climate change is very real as much as we chose to ignore it. Our actions instead keep making things worse year after year and if we keep this up, we won’t have a planet left and as the activists say, we don’t have a planet B. The only thing we can do is to keep sharing such articles to create more awareness about the dangers of climate change and how it is affecting the world around us. Take a look at these 15 images showing how climate change needs to be taken seriously.
1. Pedersen Glacier, Alaska, 100 years ago and now
The present state of the planet can be referred to as an interglacial period as it will stay warm until the next ice age hits which will be several thousand years later. Since 1850, there was a significant rise in the melting of glaciers which is mainly caused by human activities. This picture will show you the differences in climate change.
2. Gorgeous Victoria Falls has turned into a little stream
In South Africa Victoria Falls, the most magnificent waterfall on Zambezi River between Zimbabwe’s and Zambia’s border has dried up to a trickle because it is facing the worst drought of its century. The falls are 108 meters high and are considered to be UNESCO heritage site. This year’s dry season has reduced the water levels significantly and even dried up vegetation, which are the results of heat waves.
3. We lose our forests (and its animals) as they’re burning all over the world
The latest and most devastating example is of the Australian bushfires ravaging the eastern part of the country where thousands of helpless animals have died. This is an image of one of Pakistan’s green belts on the verge of vanishing.
4. Cities across the world are being flooded more than ever
In 2019, record floods and rain were experienced in China and on 12 November 2019, Venice had recorded the highest level of floods in the past 50 years, 1.87 meters flooding more than 85% of the city. This was more dangerous than the unusual high tides or aqua Alta which flooded more than 75% of the city.
5. Iceland’s Okjokull Glacier was commemorated in August 2019
A funeral was held in Iceland when it lost its first Glacier in 18th August 2019. Scientists, activists and other officials said their last goodbye to Okjokull ice sheet in the Western Centre of Iceland. NASA Earth observatory has satellite images which show that this glacier stretched upto six square mile in 1986. in 1901, Okjokull was estimated to span about 38 sq. Km in geological maps. Today it doesn’t exist anymore.
6. Climate change caused an 89% decrease in new coral on the Great Barrier Reef
Scientists have stated that the Great Barrier reef has experienced so much damage from global warming that it will not recover. In the journal nature, a study was published which showed a 89% decline of baby coral caused by mass bleaching in 2016 and 2017.
7. This whole glacier turned into water
Among photos of climate change, this one shows the lower reaches of Muir Glacier, Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, it had a thickness of more than .7 km on August 13, 1941. On August 31 2004 another photo was clicked in the same location. In the latest photo the glacier has retreated out of the field view and is now situated 7 km towards north-west.
8. In just 6 years, Aculeo Lake disappeared as if it never existed
The Laguna de Aculeo was a famous area for water sports around 6 years ago. This lake has virtually disappeared according to the images shown by the satellites causing an environmental drama. In 2018, the lake dried up into a crust of mud and vegetation
9. The Waterskloof Dam, which was in South Africa, is also gone
The biggest reservoir of Cape Town dried up in 3 years and reduced it to 13% of it capacity. There are six main reservoirs in Cape Town which supplies a total of 230 billion gallons of water. Drought has been continuing for years and now there is 26 percent of its original capacity.
10. The flooding of the Ganges River in Allahabad has left people homeless
Officials have stated that previous monsoon flood records of India’s Ganges river has been broken. Ganges and Yamuna are the major river of the country but in September 2019 cities like Allahabad and other parts of UP had experienced dangerous levels of floods.
11. Lake Urmia has turned red and is about to dry out
Seen among photos of climate change, NASA’s Aqua satellite had captured a photo of Lake Urmia having a deep green hue in April 2016 but later in July it dried up and became red. The salinity of water increases when the lake dries out and the high salt concentration of warm water promotes the breeding of Dunaliella algae,making the area appear blood-red.
12. Forests all over the world are burning, and here’s what has happened to the Amazon
In June 2019, widespread fires in the Amazon rainforest had rose more than 88% leading to severe deforestation, in comparison to the fire in 2018. Most of the Amazon has experienced the same fate as the Great Barrier reef and has been put into consideration in 2019.
13. The flooding of the Mississippi River puts the whole city under water
The lower Mississippi valley experiences enormous floods which are caused by the heavy spring rains causing the overflow of the Mississippi river. The flood started from February and by April 2019an estimation of $12.5 billion worth was damaged in crops and property. On May 20th, the floods star5ted to recede.
14. In only 3 years, California’s Lake Oroville has almost completely dried up
Among photos of climate change, California was experiencing one of the worst droughts in History in 2014 causing water to be drawn out at an unsustainable rate for farmers and household purposes. This lead to a transformation in the landscape in the before and after photos of California’s lake Oroville.