Pictures of Global Warming in Effect

What’s wrong with the planet? Can we still allow it to continue on like this?

Copenhagen has attracted people’s attention like never before, as it relates to everyone of us who lives on this earth. The tip of the Antarctic ice sheet is melting faster than before, the snow on the Kilimanjaro mountain is beginning to melt, and sandstorms are more violent than the past… The planet upon which we depend on our survival is currently suffering the the problems of global warming…People have been expecting that the Copenhagen Climate Conference would be able to make a decision for the road of human development, promoting global sustainable development.

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In 2009, near Krichim, Bulgarial, volunteers clean up discarded plastic bottles and garbage clogging up the dam.

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Antarctic penguins on ice floes. Global warming has threatened the survival of the polar animals.

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Iceberg in Antarctica. Affected by global warming, the two poles are beginning to melt.

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Brazil, a nut tree forest destroyed by a large fire.

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A deformed public road. Affected by global warming, certain areas of permafrost are beginning to thaw, leading to ground deformations.

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Alxa Desert, Inner Mongolia,10 years ago when these buildings were built, they were still over 100 meters away from the desert. Now the buildings are already surrounded by the desert.

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The almost dried-up Curuai Lake in Brazil.

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Comparison pictures of Everest glaciers. The above photo is the Rongbuk Glacier during an analysis of Everest in 1968 by the Chinese Academy of Sciences; The bottom photo was taken by Greenpeace in 2007 of the Rongbuk Glacier.

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Comparison photos of where the “Halong” glacial tongue ends. The top picture was taken by Dr. Matthias Kuhle in 1981 June; The bottom picture was taken by Greenpeace’s John Novis in 2005 June. Through the two pictures, we can see the striking shrinkage of the “Halong” glacier caused by global warming.

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Comparison pictures of the Heyuan glacial lake. The above picture was taken by Greenpeace’s John Novis in June of 2005; The bottom picture was taken by Greenpeace’s Du Jiang in September of 2005.

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Comparison pictures of the glacial lake that is the source of the Yellow River. The above picture was taken by Greenpeace’s John Novis in June of 2005; The bottom picture was taken by Greenpeace’s Du Jiang in September of 2005.

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Comparison pictures of Norway’s glaciers.

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Comparison pictures of the Upsala glacier in Patagonia, Argentina, the top picture an old photo from 1928, contrasted with the current continuous glacial retreat.

India Climate Change

2009 December 6, Jammu, India: A person searches for recyclable materials inside the Tawi River.

India Climate Change

2009 December 6, Calcutta, India: Leather tannery workers unloading fertilizer from tannery waste on a boiler.

India Climate Change

2009 December 6, Calcutta, India: Leather tannery workers pack down a smoking pile of fertilizer made from tannery waste.

ITALY CLIMATE CROSSROADS

2009 December 5, Faenza, Italy: Exhaust discharged from a factory.

India Climate Change

2009 December 4, Jammu, India: Scavengers looking for reusable goods in polluted river waters.

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2009 December 5, New Delhi, India: A resident washing clothes in the side of the river.

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2009 December 5, New Delhi, India: A homeless man feeding dogs.

CLIMATE CHALLENGE

Funafuti, Tuvalu: A resident cuts down coconuts in front of his home to feed his pigs. Moreover, already flooded by rising tides, only cinder blocks serve as a makeshift road. Data shows that the country of Tuvalu will be submerged by the ocean in 50 years.

A PLACE LIKE NO OTHER

Tuvalu: Ocean waters flood a hole dug for coral. Data shows that the country of Tuvalu will be submerged by the ocean in 50 years.

CLIMATE CHALLENGE

Tuvalu: A girl walks past a hole filled with sea water. Data shows that the country of Tuvalu will be submerged by the ocean in 50 years.

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Tuvalu from the air, the entire country’s land is a long and narrow strip. Data shows that the country of Tuvalu will be submerged by the ocean in 50 years.

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In a fish farm in Linzhang Village on the outskirts of Changzhi City of Shanxi Province, husband and wife fish farmers from Fujian province Cheng Daocheng and Cheng Jinlan reluctantly dispose of the catfish that have frozen to death. China News Agency (Fao Yaolin photo)

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October 8, In Kenya, Tsavo East National Park, wildlife management staff examine an elephant’s body. Kenya’s Wildlife Protection Service said the recent severe droughts have caused over 100 elephant deaths in Kenya’s southeastern Tsavo National Park. Some experts said this is the worst drought in Kenya has experienced since 1996. Xinhua News Agency / Reuters

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November 18, at a farm in the Chaco region about 500 kilometers northwest of Paraguay’s captial city of Asunción, a cow’s bones falls on the parched dry land. Xinhua/AFP

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Tourists sit on the open-air cafe tables, the chairs having already been submerged by flood waters. November 30, Venice, Italy, was again submerged by flood waters influenced by tropical storm tides, with the water level reaching as high as 1.31 meters in certain areas. Photos from: China News Web

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October 29, shot of Lijiang’s exposed riverbed. (Source: Xinhua)

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Guilin Xiangbishan [Elephant Nose Mountain] “trapped” inside a “moat”.

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2008 November 24, Yichang City of Hubei province, two man-made culverts continuously “vomit” ink-like sewage into the Yangzte River, dyeing the river water black. China News Service (Pu Xinyang photo)

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September 23, dust storms occurred in the eastern region of Australia that includes Sydney, affecting the local traffic. With the entire city of Sydney enveloped in an orange cloud of dust, and owing to very low visibility, airplanes and ferries were temporarily grounded or suspended.

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April 23 morning, vehicles traveling in the dust enveloped streets of Dunhuang City. The same day at 2 o’clock, strong winds and dust storms occured in Dunhuang City of Gansu Province, with category 9 winds, 20 meter minimum visibility, and a 6-8 degree Celsius temperature drop. Xinhua News Agency (Zhang Weixian photo)

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