Striking Before/After Photos Showing How Climate Change Is Killing Our Planet & Things We Can Do

Global warming is the term used to describe a gradual increase in the average temperature of the Earth's atmosphere and its oceans, a change that is believed to be permanently changing the Earth's climate.

Also, if it's not stopped soon, Global Warming is serious enough to destroy the earth in the end.

This major threat which still doesn't get the attention it deserves, is more visible when the changes in reefs, lakes or glaciers are observed. And we are not necessarily talking about long term impacts; even 10 year changes speak for themselves.

The San Blas Archipelago, Panama; 2002 - 2014

Arctic Ice; 1980 - 2012

Lake Oroville, California; 2011 - 2014

Drastic change in only 3 years due to draught.

Aral Sea; 1989 - 2014

Great Barrier Reef, Australia; 2002 - 2014

A method called “Repeat Photography,” which aims to further document the progression of global warming, demonstrates how global warming has accelerated the melting of glaciers over the past 100 years.

Alaska Glaciers; 1880s - 2005

These images are from a project of the U.S. Geological Survey, which uses various photos from the 1800s to the early 1900s to demonstrate how glaciers used to look, and photographers are taking photos of the same landscapes to show how things have changed – and continue to change to this day.

The results are shocking:  In the 1800s there were 150 glaciers at Glacier National Park, of which only 25 remain.

Grinnell Glacier, Montana; 1920 - 2008

As the documentation shows, the receding of glaciers which first started in early 1900s, began to accelerate to an even greater rate in the 1980s, when the effects of global warming began to take hold.

Since then, Alaska's glaciers are melting...

Pedersen Glacier; 1930 - 2005

According to studies, if something isn’t done, Glacier Parks in Montana will be completely melted by 2030. 

USGS Aquatic Entomologist Joe Giersch argues that small aquatic insects will be the the first victims of the melting glaciers, and this will seriously affect the delicate balance of nature in a top-down fashion. 

According to Giersch,s scenario, animals that are used to a colder climate will be particularly vulnerable to the effects of global warming, and this will inevitably affect the entire nature through food chain.

Another claim on the subject is  that global warming is nothing more than a “fraud", made up by developed countries to restrain industrial growth in developing countries.

However, global warming is too serious and real to be just a conspiracy; it's a problem that threatens the future of our planet if something is not done now.

These are the next 40 years projections presented in a conference at Bogazici University on December 3, 2013 by Dr. Jørgen Randers, who is one of the most known  academics working on scenario planning  especially on the topics of sustainable development and climate change

Striking Before/After Photos Showing How Climate Change Is Killing Our Planet & Things We Can Do

• In 2040s, with the increase in life expectancy and the new births human population will reach a peak at around 8.1 Billion, then stop growing.  

• Current energy consumption in the world tripled since 1970s, and this will become 4.5 times by 2050.

• Due to scarcity of conventional resources, use of renewable energy will increase by 5 times in 2050.

• Global carbon emission will reach its peak level in 2030.  

• CO2 level in the atmosphere have increased by 45% since 1990. Although the amount being released currently decreased by 8% thanks to Kyoto Protocol and commitment of the EU Countries, this is still far from enough. Trend is still negative due to other  industrial countries' lack of commitment.

•  Also 40 years from now, although there will be enough food to feed all the population, there will still be countries struggling with hunger and famine due to unequal distribution. 

• Due to increase in overall temperature caused by carbon emissions, climate change is inevitable.

• In 2050, loser of the game will be the United States due to its matured economy whilst China will win a major economic victory.


Here are a few things you can individually do to help fighting against global warming and waste of clean water resources, and contribute leaving a more livable future for our kids and next generations:

• Reducing your individual carbon footprint to make limited resources available for all

 •Buying environmentally friendly, energy saving electronics

• Replacing your light bulbs with fluorescent or led ones

• Not leaving your electronic devices in stand-by mode, 

• Using less air-conditioning, 

• Building smaller houses with thicker walls, 

• Building insulation,

• Always turning off the tap during tooth-brushing, dish-washing or shaving

• Using new generation toilets consuming less water

• Not using automatic toilet bowl cleaners, 

• Reducing the use of bleach and other cleaning agents,

• Using public transportation 

• Instead of using cars, walking for short distances, 

• Preferring low-emission cars

• Turning of the engine for long waitings.

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