Documenting the Swift Change
Wrought by Global Warming

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, Essick presents some of the images he took while on assignment in Antarctica, Greenland, and other far-flung locales. READ MORE

 

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A bleached coral reef in the Maldive Islands in the Indian Ocean. Rising ocean temperatures are causing more widespread incidents of coral bleaching, which occurs when spikes in sea temperatures kill the algae that live in the cells of corals and provide the photosynthetic fuel for them to grow and reefs to form. (Photo credit: Peter Essick)

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