14 Photos That Prove Climate Change Is Not a Joke and Should Be Taken Seriously

11Lake Urmia has turned red and is about to dry out

In late April 2016 NASA’s Aqua satellite captured Lake Urmia with a deep green hue but in July it was again observed as red and dried up. Salinity increases as the lake dries out and the warm water’s high salt concentration contributes to the breeding of Dunaliella algae, which can turn the water blood-red.

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12Forests all over the world are burning, and here’s what has happened to the Amazon

Deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest due to widespread fires rose more than 88% in June 2019 compared with the same month in 2018. Much of the Amazon also suffered to some extent the same fate as the Australian bush and was a matter of grave concern in 2019.

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13The flooding of the Mississippi River puts the whole city under water

Heavy spring rains caused the Mississippi River to overflow, flooding enormous regions of the Lower Mississippi Valley. The flooding began in February damaging crops and property with the damages estimated at $12.5 billion by April 2019. The floods only began to recede on May 20th.

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14In only 3 years, California’s Lake Oroville has almost completely dried up

In 2014 California was in the midst of one of its worst droughts in history, so the state has been forced to draw from reservoir lakes at an unsustainable rate to supply households and farmers with water. The result was a transformed landscape where shocking before and after photos of California’s Lake Oroville revealed the shrinking effects of three years of little to no rain.

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