Climate change is here, but from day to day, it may be hard to tell.
The changes are incrementally small—small enough to easily explain away. One extremely hot summer could be just a fluke. An outrageous rain that floods streets is striking, but likely isolated. We live in a time when some countries are actively covering their glaciers to prevent melt, while others drill into oil reserves with reckless abandon.
But taken in sum, these flukes add up to something more. Sometimes you have to see it to believe it.
Shown here are twelve ecosystems already affected by climate change. Global warming is already disrupting food chains. It’s spurring extreme weather events. Our continuous assualt on the natural environment has some ugly ramifications that we can't ignore. It’s jeopardizing the resources that birds, other wildlife, and we humans need to survive.
These arresting images show some of the most striking effects of climate change already underway.
Famished: San Diego, California
Flooded: Dorchester County, Maryland
Covered: Rhone Glacier, Switzerland
Punctured: Antarctic Ice Sheet
Fracked: Bakken Shale, North Dakota
Disbanded: Central Highlands of Iceland
Drained: Baja California, Mexico
Blighted: Central British Columbia
Torched: Rancho Santa Margarita, California
Melted: Chukchi Sea, Arctic
Starved: Novaya Zemlya Island, Russia