14 Photos That Prove Climate Change Is Not a Joke and Should Be Taken Seriously
Even as Australia is burning, there could be more similar events happening across the world without us even knowing. 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
Right now it can be said we are living in an interglacial period that is relatively warm during an ice age that will last several thousand years till the next one. The melting of the glaciers has increased since 1850 mainly because of human activities. This historical photograph shows the drastic comparison of climate change.
2Gorgeous Victoria Falls has turned into a little stream
Victoria Falls, once one of the world’s most magnificent waterfall on the Zambezi River on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, has now been reduced to a mere trickle, as southern Africa suffers through the worst drought in a century. The falls are a UNESCO heritage site and were 108 meters high. The dry season this year has shrunk it to unusually low water levels as a series of heatwaves have dried most of the vegetation surrounding the area.
3We 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.
4Cities across the world are being flooded more than ever
China experienced record rain and floods across the country in 2019 even as Venice (St Mark’s square in picture) got a real scare in the face of a new record flood recorded on 12 November 2019, of 1.87 meters, the highest in more than 50 years, flooding over 85% of the city. This was much worse than the aqua Alta or unusual high tides of October 2018 that flooded 75% of the city.
5Iceland’s Okjokull Glacier was commemorated in August 2019
Iceland held a funeral for its first glacier lost to climate change on 18th August 2019. Icelandic officials, scientists, activists and others bade goodbye to the Okjokull ice sheet, in west-central Iceland. According to satellite images from the NASA Earth Observatory, the glacier appeared as a solid-white patch in 1986, stretching six square miles (15 square kilometres). Geological maps from 1901 estimated Okjokull spanned an area of about 38 square kilometres (15 square miles). Today it has vanished.