Children play on the beach, beside a fallen trunk of a coconut tree whose roots had been exposed by sea erosion of the land caused by rising sea levels, on the shoreline of Han Island, Carterets Atoll, Papua New Guinea. (Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Everydayclimatechange) Severe drought affected the entire Amazon basin in Uarini, Brazil in September 2010. The 2010 drought came just five years after the latest Amazon “megadrought.” The scientists suggest this is further evidence of the Amazon’s vulnerability to rising global temperatures. (Rodrigo Baleia/Everydayclimatechange)
Climate change is one of the most pressing and controversial concerns of our time. Sea levels are rising, glaciers in Antartica are melting at accelerated speeds due to push of warmer water. A devastating drought in Sao Paulo, Brazil has began to affect the cost of produce at local markets. California has also just entered its fourth year of drought, despite having a period of steady rainfall in December. And conversely, heavy flooding has affected Thailand, Papau New Guinea, Pakistan and other countries.
Inspired by the widely popular EverydayAfrica account, photographer James Whitlow Delano in December created a space for photographers to take a more in-depth and curated look at the world through the hashtag Everydayclimatechange. The devastation of the Earth is documented in 640 px x 640 px squares that magnify the effects of weather, rising sea levels, oil drilling and gas burning across five continents.
Rim Fire in California, 2013. (David Butow/Everyday Climate Change) Soya farmers and cattle ranchers start the clearance of the soil using fire during the dry season. This activity produces giants forest fires in native áreas. Consequently it generates irreparable damage in the rain forest, biodiversity loss and tons of CO2 emissions in the atmosphere. (Rodrigo Baleia/Everydayclimatechange) Juan Butrón stands at the place where the Colorado River ends in the desert of Baja California, miles away from its historic rendezvous with the Sea of Cortez. Though this state of the river in Mexico is due to decisions about how the water has long been divided between the seven U.S. states and Mexico, drought conditions and increased climate volatility are further threatening the Colorado’s already over-allocated capacity. Up to 40 million people in the Southwestern United States and Northwestern Mexico depend directly on the Colorado River for their water, but the allocation of that water is based on a compact nearly a century old, which was itself based on rudimentary, incomplete data and wishful thinking. (John Trotter/Everydaycimatechange) Methane flaring from a well pad turns the night sky a yellow orange in a small rural township in northeastern Pa. (Nina Berman/Everydayclimatechange) In the Ogoniland village of Kpean, an oil wellhead that had been leaking for weeks has turned into a raging inferno. The local youths keep watch, waiting for Shell to come and put the fire out. This is an environmental disaster for the local people, as it affects their crops, their water and air. (Ed Kashi/Everydayclimatechange) Dead yak carcasses lie along a road in Yushu (Tibetan autonomous) prefecture, Qinghai province, China. (Katharina Hesse/Everydayclimatechange) Many hectares of forest are lost each year due to the uncontrolled fires started by local communities with the aim of increasing agricultural fields, poaching and production of charcoal, Mozambique. (Carlos Litulo/Everydayclimatechange) A shepherd from the Hui minority breaks firewood outside a shack on barren grasslands in central China’s Ningxia province, January 2015. (Katharina Hesse/Everydayclimatechange) Coal is the primary energy source fueling China’s economic rise but this seemingly endless stream of heavy dump trucks filled with coal on a Gobi Desert highway is far from the big urban electricity consumers on the east coast. Inner Mongolia, China. (James Whitlow Delano/Luz/Cosmos/ Laif/Redux) Coal miners ride a hopper out of a coal mine in Meghalaya, the northeast of India. While the Climate Change Summit in Lima, Peru has just ended, India has yet to set a cap on its still-growing emissions, while other nations including China have already pledged to reduce their emissions. (Suzanne Lee/Panos/Everydayclimatechange) The Puerto Viejo river at the site of La Selva Biological Station in Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica. This is a leading site for research on lowland rainforests, particularly climate change and its impact on biodiversity in tropical wet forests. (Adriana Zehbrauskas/Everydayclimatechange) Families seek shelter in a community center before a storm surge brought by Typhoon Haiyan engulfed their homes, 28 February, 2014, San Jose, Philippines. (Coleen Jose/Everydayclimatechange)