We’re posting this week to share stories from our work in the Marshall Islands and its diaspora community in Arkansas. Kim Wall (@kimw4ll), Hendrik Hinzel (@jh_hinzel), and I report on the U.S. nuclear testing legacy, lasting radioactive contamination, and consequences of climate change. Read our three-part multimedia series on Mashable (link in bio): https://bit.ly/2LtR3Ps
At her home in the capital of the Marshall Islands, Abacca Anjain-Maddison, a former senator of Rongelap Atoll, often gather survivors of the nuclear testing era. They play the ukulele, sing and share memories of once pristine ancestral land contaminated by nuclear bomb tests and now threatened by climate change. Though the U.S. insists it is safe to live on the atoll, the people of Rongelap choose to live in exile in the capital, Majuro.
Image by @sean_gallagher_photo Jijabai Kore, 60, collects 10 pots of water each day from trucks that have to deliver water to her village in times of drought. ••• In the summer of 2016, wells had run dry in thousands of villages as parts of India experienced record drought, as a result of consecutive failed monsoons. Global temperature records were broken each month in 2016 and India itself recorded its highest temperature of 51C. In conjunction with El Nino effects, this caused extreme environmental stresses in large parts of the country. ••• The state of Maharashtra was identified as the country’s worst affected area where up to 15,000 villages were believed to be without water. ••• As global temperatures continue to rise, the record drought of 2016 is predicted to be a recurring event in a country that is struggling to adapt to a warming world. ••• #everydayclimatechange#everydayeverywhere#asia#india#maharashtra#latur#drought#climatechange
Photo by Amnon Gutman @gutmanen for #everydayclimatechange. Early morning remains of snow , near the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro . Kili’s famous glaciers have shrunk by a whopping 82% since the first survey of the summit in 1912. Even since 1989, when there were 3.3 square kilometres, there has been a decline of 33%. At that rate, say the experts, Kili will be completely ice-free within the next decade or two. The icecap on Mount Kilimanjaro has been disappearing with serious implications for the rivers that depend on ice melt for their flow. Several rivers are already drying out in the summer season due to depletion in melting water, and recent projections suggest that if the recession continues at its present rate, the ice cap may have disappeared completely by the year 2025. Climate change is also expected to increase the severity, duration and frequency of weather related extreme events such as drought and floods, threatening water availability and food security for millions of poor people. So to say climate change is viewed as one of the gravest threats of the present and future of humanity in Tanzania. Climate change has been the main driver of biodiversity loss, and has already affected biodiversity resources. In the future, some species will not be able to keep up, leading to a sharp increase in extinction rates. #climatechange#globalwarming#climatchangetanzania
photo by John Novis @johnnovis for @everydayclimatechange
38 km from Xiadawu township , Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, CHINA
Permafrost melting under the highway causing serious damage to the road structure.
Permafrost across the Tibetan plateau varies from frozen sub-surface soil to layers hundreds of metres underground. The Tibetan plateau comprises the largest sub-Arctic permafrost region on the planet. Frozen for millions of years, the permafrost is now in danger of thawing. It is not known how fast, but it is certain that permafrost thawing has been accelerated by climate change. In the process of thawing, permafrost could release large amounts of trapped carbon and methane. In permafrost regions, methane hydrate is found trapped in layers between 150 and 2,000 metres deep. As a greenhouse gas, methane is thought to be over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide in its ability to trap heat in the atmosphere. It is not known what effect the release of large amounts of methane into the atmosphere would have. It would likely set in motion a vicious cycle of even more Earth warming—in turn triggering even more methane release. #climatechange #climatechangeisreal #everydayclimatechange #globalwarming #yellowriver #tibetplateau#qinghai #desertification #permafrost #china #nofilter #photooftheday #editorialphotography #greenpeace @greenpeace
Photo by @ashleycrowtherorg for @everydayclimatechange: Buddhist prayer flags flutter after a snowstorm passed through the Nepali Himalaya.
During the winter of 2017/2018 locals reported that the region only received snow once. Much of the snow that should have fallen in that period came down during April/May, but melted soon after due to Spring temperatures.
Climate change and its overall warming effect is causing shifts in seasonal weather patterns across the Himalayan mountain range.
With less snowfall occurring over winter periods there is less water for many villages that rely on accumulated snows that melt slowly over summer. Furthermore, a lack of snow also means that there is less ice forming on glaciers causing them to retreat and shrink in size. Retreating glaciers threaten scores of river systems that originate from Himalayan glaciers and in turn have the potential to affect over 1.4 billion people with water insecurity in the long-term future.
Photo by Mette lampcov @mettelampcov for @everydayclimatechange -
People headed to the beach yesterday in Southern California to cool down and to seek relief from triple digit temperatures that where recorded across Los Angeles and Southern California.
According to the National Weather Service Friday July 6th will be one for the record books, and almost all if not all of the daily temperature records were broken. Red Flag warnings are still in effect until late this evening. The record heat wave has sparked wildfires destroying homes and forcing evacuations in fire zones in Santa Barbara and San Diego county.
Studies have concluded that if there is no decrease in CO2 emissions and its business as usual, heat waves in greater Los Angeles and Southern California will become more frequent- as will fires. #climatechangeisreal#climatechange#california#heatwave#Malibu#heat#documentaryphotography#staysafe#californialandscape#temperature#water#recoredbreaking
Image by Brian Cassey @brian_cassey for @everydayclimatechange ‘Farming carbon credits ... ‘
Olkola indigenous Ranger Waylon Bramwell during carbon farming ‘cool burning’ of his savannah country at Glen Garland on Olkola land in the middle of remote Cape York Peninsula northern Australia. The project combines traditional burning methods of ‘patchwork’ early dry season burns to prevent hotter fires in the later dry season. The project is a partnership with ‘Natural Carbon’ and has the potential to reduce up to 50,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year across an area of about 8,000 square kilometres.
The project earns the Corporation ‘carbon credits’ under the Australian Federal Government’s Carbon Farming Initiative, which is determined each year by the success in preventing greenhouse gases being released by late season fires. Olkola Aboriginal Corporation now holds and manages 869,822 hectares of its traditional ands, making it one of the largest landholders in the Cape York Peninsula. ‘Natural Carbon’ brings both global experience and expertise across the full carbon project cycle, assisting entities seeking to generate alternative revenue streams in a climate friendly way. The company works with indigenous groups, farmers, and other land managers to achieve long-term economic and environmental benefits for their communities. Image copyright Brian Cassey #globalwarming#climatechange#australia#everydayclimatechange#naturalcarbon#climatechangeisreal#carbonfarm#carbonfarming # capeyork #capeyorkpeninsula#olkolacorporation#coolburn#carboncredits#greenhousegas#greenhousegases#country#fire
At the Cox’s Bazaar beach, the longest beach in the world, a green sea turtle had left died on the beach. The unfortunate female may die caused by unable go back to the Indian ocean after laying her eggs. Or she may cannot find her nesting site where she hatch a century ago because part of the beach has been disappeared.
This longest beach now faced the heavy impact from the rising sea level which will devastate the beach and coastal line. The Bangladesh government use several efforts to protect the beach from disappeared by using giant sand bag, strange concreate shape and make dam. Losing the beach mean losing the nesting ground for the sea turtle as well.
The scientists also worried that increasing sea and beach temperature will also effect the balance between male and female number. As other reptiles, the more increasing of temperature will probably have more female than male hatchlings, creating a significant threat to genetic diversity. Warmer ocean temperatures are also likely to negatively impact food resources for sea turtles, and virtually all marine species.