Documenting the Swift Change
Wrought by Global Warming
Inuit people harvest potatoes in southern Greenland, where temperatures have been rising rapidly. View the photo essay.
For 25 years, photographer Peter Essick has traveled the world for National Geographic
magazine, with many of his recent assignments focusing on the causes and consequences of climate change. In a Yale Environment 360
photo essay, we present a gallery of images Essick took while on assignment in Antarctica, Greenland, and other far-flung locales. The photographer says that what most struck him was the dedication of the scientists who have committed themselves to documenting the effects of global warming.
"Everyone I talked to felt that they were uncovering evidence for climate change and that the threat for the future was increasing," says Essick.
18 Dec 2013
View the photo essay.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Peter Essick
is a photographer and frequent contributor to National Geographic
magazine. His latest book, which covers climate change and other environmental subjects, is Our Beautiful, Fragile World
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At Edge of Peruvian Andes,
Tracking Impacts of Warming
The Andes in eastern Peru are what one scientist calls a "perfect laboratory" for studying the effects of climate change. E360
contributor Elizabeth Kolbert trekked there with researchers seeking to determine if tree populations can move uphill fast enough to survive warming temperatures.
Gauging the Impact of Warming
On Asia’s Life-Giving Monsoons
In Mongolia, U.S. scientists are studying climate clues in ancient tree rings to help answer a crucial question: How will global warming affect Asia’s monsoon rains, which supply water for agriculture and drinking to half the world’s population?
Photo Essay: Tracking the
Himalaya’s Melting Glaciers
The Glacier Research Imaging Project, which David Breashears helped found, has retraced the steps of some of the world’s greatest mountain photographers as they took pictures across the Himalaya and the Tibetan Plateau. Breashears then returned to those same vantage points and took photographs that bear witness to the rapid warming of the Himalaya and the swift retreat of its glaciers.
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Photographer Peter Essick documents the swift changes wrought by global warming in Antarctica, Greenland, and other far-flung places. View the gallery.
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The Warriors of Qiugang
, a Yale Environment 360
video that chronicles the story of a Chinese village’s fight against a polluting chemical plant, was nominated for a 2011 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).
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In a Yale Environment 360
video, photographer Pete McBride documents how increasing water demands have transformed the Colorado River, the lifeblood of the arid Southwest. Watch the video.