Sean Gallagher@sean_gallagher_photo

Photographer & Filmmaker documenting global environmental issues. National Geographic Creative | Pulitzer Center Grantee | Founder @everydayextinction

https://gallagher-photo.com/environmental-stories/the-3-rivers-asias-threatened-headwaters/

Tibetan monks brave a snowstorm that has descended on the 'roof of the world', the Tibetan Plateau. This region contains the sources of the Yangtze, Mekong, and Yellow Rivers which feed water to millions downstream. As a result of climate change, temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere on earth outside the polar regions. As glaciers melt, grasslands degrade and a traditional way of life changes. Climate change is all too real on the roof of the world. From my story 'The 3 Rivers: Asia's Threatened Headwaters'. ••• Click the link in my bio to learn more about this story ••• #asia #china #tibet #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A Tibetan boy sleeps in a farmhouse on the Tibetan Plateau. This region contains the sources of the Yangtze, Mekong, and Yellow Rivers which feed water to millions downstream. As a result of climate change, temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere on earth outside the polar regions. As glaciers melt, grasslands degrade and a traditional way of life changes. Climate change is all too real on the roof of the world. From my story 'The 3 Rivers: Asia's Threatened Headwaters'. ••• Click the link in my bio to learn more about this story ••• #asia #china #tibet #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A Tibetan man throws small pieces of paper into the air on top of a mountain pass on the Tibetan Plateau. This practice is said to bring good luck and safe passage for travellers. This region contains the sources of the Yangtze, Mekong, and Yellow Rivers which feed water to millions downstream. As a result of climate change, temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere on earth outside the polar regions. As glaciers melt, grasslands degrade and a traditional way of life changes. Climate change is all too real on the roof of the world. From my story 'The 3 Rivers: Asia's Threatened Headwaters'. ••• Click the link in my bio to learn more about this story ••• #asia #china #tibet #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A child is strapped to his mother's back on a rainy day on the Tibetan Plateau. This region contains the sources of the Yangtze, Mekong, and Yellow Rivers which feed water to millions downstream. As a result of climate change, temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere on earth outside the polar regions. As glaciers melt, grasslands degrade and a traditional way of life changes. Climate change is all too real on the roof of the world. From my story 'The 3 Rivers: Asia's Threatened Headwaters'. ••• Click the link in my bio to learn more about this story ••• #asia #china #tibet #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A Tibetan monk stands in front of a colourful curtain inside a monastery on the Tibetan Plateau. This region contains the sources of the Yangtze, Mekong, Yellow and Brahmaputra Rivers which feed water to millions downstream. As a result of climate change, temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere on earth outside the polar regions. As glaciers melt, grasslands degrade and a traditional way of life changes. Climate change is all too real on the roof of the world. From my story 'The 3 Rivers: Asia's Threatened Headwaters'. ••• Click the link in my bio to learn more about this story ••• #asia #china #tibet #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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Under the harsh midday sun, Tibetan men barter for precious stones in a market in the town of Zaduo, on the Tibetan Plateau. ••• This region contains the sources of the Yangtze, Mekong, Yellow and Brahmaputra Rivers which feed water to millions downstream. As a result of climate change, temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere on earth outside the polar regions. As glaciers melt, grasslands degrade and a traditional way of life changes. Climate change is all too real on the roof of the world. From my story 'The 3 Rivers: Asia's Threatened Headwaters'. #asia #china #tibet #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A Tibetan girl clings onto a counter in a small shop in the town of Zaduo, on the Tibetan Plateau. This region contains the sources of the Yangtze, Mekong, Yellow and Brahmaputra Rivers which feed water to millions downstream. As a result of climate change, temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere on earth outside the polar regions. As glaciers melt, grasslands degrade and a traditional way of life changes. Climate change is all too real on the roof of the world. From my story 'The 3 Rivers: Asia's Threatened Headwaters'. #asia #china #tibet #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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Two young Tibetans lie on the grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau. This region contains the sources of the Yangtze, Mekong, Yellow and Brahmaputra Rivers which feed water to millions downstream. As a result of climate change, temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere on earth outside the polar regions. As glaciers melt, grasslands degrade and a traditional way of life changes. Climate change is all too real on the roof of the world. From my story 'The 3 Rivers: Asia's Threatened Headwaters'. #asia #china #tibet #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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A young boy plays outside his family's home in the town of Zaduo, located in the far interior of the Tibetan Plateau. - This region contains the sources of the Yangtze, Mekong, Yellow and Brahmaputra Rivers which feed water to millions downstream. As a result of climate change, temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere on earth outside the polar regions. As glaciers melt, grasslands degrade and a traditional way of life changes. Climate change is all too real on the roof of the world. From my story 'The 3 Rivers: Asia's Threatened Headwaters'. #asia #china #tibet #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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Tourists wander across sand dunes tgat have formed near Qinghai Lake, on the Tibetan Plateau. ••• Located at 3200 meters above sea-level on the Tibetan plateau in the far west of China, Qinghai Lake is the country's largest inland body of saltwater at 4318 square kilometers in area. The greater plateau has the third largest store of global freshwater outside of the polar regions, stored in mountainous glaciers and permafrost, which are all incredibly sensitive to the effects of climate change. Scientists believe that temperatures in the area are rising twice the global average. According to nature.com, "Change of lake area is tightly related to climate and environment evolution. The alternations of the Qinghai Lake area, ideally, mostly reflect the natural processes. Precipitation, evaporation, temperature, and snow line are common climatic factors, which affect the area of Qinghai Lake." These changes are having noticeable impacts on the largely nomadic communities that live in this region and depend upon the fragile grassland ecosystems on the 'roof of the world'. #asia #china #tibet #qinghai #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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Harsh afternoon sun beats down on a street in a town on the Tibetan Plateau. This region contains the sources of the Yangtze, Mekong, Yellow and Brahmaputra Rivers which feed water to millions downstream. As a result of climate change, temperatures are rising on the Tibetan Plateau faster than anywhere on earth outside the polar regions. As glaciers melt, grasslands degrade and a traditional way of life changes. Climate change is all too real on the roof of the world. From my story 'The 3 Rivers: Asia's Threatened Headwaters'. #asia #china #tibet #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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Tourists stop to pose for photos with local animals near Qinghai Lake, on the Tibetan Plateau. ••• Located at 3200 meters above sea-level on the Tibetan plateau in the far west of China, Qinghai Lake is the country's largest inland body of saltwater at 4318 square kilometers in area. The greater plateau has the third largest store of global freshwater outside of the polar regions, stored in mountainous glaciers and permafrost, which are all incredibly sensitive to the effects of climate change. Scientists believe that temperatures in the area are rising twice the global average. According to nature.com, "Change of lake area is tightly related to climate and environment evolution. The alternations of the Qinghai Lake area, ideally, mostly reflect the natural processes. Precipitation, evaporation, temperature, and snow line are common climatic factors, which affect the area of Qinghai Lake." These changes are having noticeable impacts on the largely nomadic communities that live in this region and depend upon the fragile grassland ecosystems on the 'roof of the world'. #asia #china #tibet #qinghai #climatechange #climate #environment @pulitzercenter @natgeocreative


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