Few pictures around the world compelling us to think and take action about climate change.
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15 February 2016: A massive iceberg floats in the Southern Ocean, off Antarctica.
Antarctica might be the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent, but everything has its limits. In spite of its tough exterior, even Antarctica is reeling under the impacts of climate change.
8 February 2016: The beauty of the Himalayas is yet another reason why we need climate action now.
The Himalayas are home to an amazing diversity of life, including 163 globally threatened species. In addition, they also serve as a vital source of freshwater for millions of people, its resources helping sustain lives and livelihoods through the year.
However, majestic as they may be, the Himalayas are still vulnerable to the impacts of climate change, melting at a rate faster than ever before and threatening wildlife and the lives of millions of people that depend on it. To add on, the changing pattern of rainfall is another cause for concern, as it creates more challenges for locals in the form of food security. Yet another factor that exacerbates the current situation is the growing need for food, shelter and industries, which is exerting tremendous pressure on nature.
To conserve the beauty of the Himalayas and help safeguard the millions of species and people dependent on it, WWF has been working across the region to protect its forests, landscapes, ecosystems and more.
1 February 2016: The secret to happiness.
With a view like that, it is perhaps no surprise to find Costa Rica does so well on the Happy Planet Index :). Add to that, the wonderful news that the country is also close to becoming the first 100% renewable energy-powered country in Latin America and we can’t help but feel quite happy and excited ourselves!
Given the vital role that our forests play in mitigating climate change, that’s definitely an achievement to be proud of.
25 January 2016: Despite the view of Egypt’s thundery clouds, the problem of water scarcity looms over the country.
Heavy clouds engulf the skies of Egypt on a Saturday afternoon, forming a magical view befitting the country home to the Nile River. However, the truth is that although the country is often called the ‘gift of the Nile’, the country could face a serious water crisis in coming years due to growing water scarcity. In fact, the UN says the country will face ‘absolute water scarcity by 2025’.
18 January 2016: Heavy clouds of smoke shroud a forest in Liberia due to slash-and-burn practices.
Our forests are being lost at an alarming rate due to slash-and-burn practices (pictured above), illegal logging and more. In fact, in the past 50 years alone, we have lost about half of the world’s original forest cover, mostly due to unsustainable use of its resources.
Commonly known as the ‘lungs of the Earth’, some of the reasons forests are so important is because they are a source of livelihood for several communities, they provide habitats to diverse flora and fauna, and keep global warming in check by absorbing carbon dioxide during photosynthesis – & that’s just to name a few!
11 January 2016: The sun is rising on renewables.
According to the REN21 Renewables 2015 Global Status Report, 2015 saw an unprecedented growth of renewable energy power, which accounted for 60% of net additions to the world’s power capacity. In addition, the rapid growth of renewable power and increased energy efficiency measures in several large countries enabled the world’s economy to grow without a parallel rise in CO2 emissions – the FIRST time in four decades!
21 December 2015: It’s up to us to turn the tide on climate change.
The view of these coral reefs along the coast of Kabira Bay in Ishigaki Island, Japan, underscores the natural beauty of our environment and its ability to nurture life on this planet. Coral reefs are extremely important for biodiversity, and provides homes to over 25% of all marine life. In addition to that, they are also vital to people and businesses, supporting livelihoods of up to 500 million people across the world.
But as climate change continues to affect the environment and humankind, the world’s coral reefs are being bleached to death, which is occurring due to global warming and rising temperatures in our oceans.
14 December 2015: Love that morning cup of coffee? That’s another reason for you to join us in changing climate change!
In Guatemala, a coffee producer picks dead branches off an aging coffee plant, which has become infested with coffee leaf rust disease, attributed to warmer temperatures and climate change.
As climate change continues to impact our planet and its people, consumers will soon start to feel the burn as well – not just in the climate, but also in their supermarkets where the availability and/or cost of agricultural commodities will be affected. These commodities include coffee beans, believed to be one of the world’s favouritebeverages, and even bananas, oranges and hazelnuts.
In fact, by the middle of this century, half of the world’s current coffee cultivation areas could become unusable due to climate change, and increasing water scarcity over the past decade has already led to drastic crop losses in countries like Vietnam and Brazil, where coffee production is an important economic activity.
7 December 2015: As climate change and weather events intensify, human health will be put at risk.
As temperatures and sea-levels continue to rise, changes in rainfall and runoff will not only cause major changes in species habitats and ecosystems, but also threaten thousands of people who rely on the Amazon for their livelihoods. Taken in Anamã, Brazil, the photo above of a submerged home is thus truly reminiscent of how climate change and intense weather events are already significantly affecting human lives.
As climate change leaves its mark across the Amazon region and the occurrence of intense weather events rises, human health will also be jeopardised.
For example, climate change and extreme weather events such as floods, may lead to increased outbreaks of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue, and increased outbreaks of infectious diseases such as cholera and meningitis.
But together, we can act for our planet and change climate change! Find out more here and remember to contribute in shining a light on climate action.
And the list is endless. Let’s pledge to contribute whatever little efforts we can for our future generations and make this world a better, cleaner and greener place.
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