“From the frontiers of climate change comes Consequences by NOOR. Featuring the work of nine, internationally acclaimed photographers, this exhibition documents the devastating effects of climate change around the globe. These stunning photographs show not what might happen in the future but what is happening today.
The subjects include: a massive pine beetle kill in British Columbia, genocide in Darfur, the rising sea level in the Maldives, Nenet reindeer herders in Siberia, Inuit hunters in Greenland, a looming crisis in Kolkata, India, coal mining in Poland, oil sand extraction in Canada and the deforestation of the Amazon Rainforest by Brazilian cattle ranchers.
Across British Columbia, 36 million acres of pine forests are dead and dying. The killer is a small beetle the size of a rice kernel.
Indigenous to the forests of North America, the mountain pine beetle’s population was kept in check by cold winters. But global warming in the last two decades has allowed the beetles to thrive. The path of destruction caused by this infestation can be seen in a cataclysmic shift in the color and shape of the landscape.
Poland is the second largest coal producer and consumer in all of Europe and consequently one of the most polluted and polluting countries. From all fossil fuels brown coal is the one that has the biggest impact on climate change, producing 1/3 of the worlds CO2 emissions.
It is one of the world’s last great wildernesses, a 435-mile long peninsula of lakes and squelching tundra stretching deep into the Arctic Ocean. For 1,000 years the indigenous Nenets people have migrated along the Yamal peninsula. In summer they wander northwards, taking their reindeer with them, across a landscape of boggy ponds, rhododendron-like shrubs and wind-blasted birch trees. In winter they return southwards.But this remote region of north-west Siberia is now under heavy threat from global warming. Traditionally the Nenets travel across the frozen Ob River in November and set up camp in the southern forests around Nadym.
These days, though, this annual winter pilgrimage is delayed.
*Text written by Luke Harding, the Guardian reporter in Moscow.
The world’s largest refugee camp in Dadaab, Kenya is bursting at the seams with more than 300,000 occupants, and more coming everyday. Many of them have left the southern part of Somalia due to the ongoing war in their country. Others are so called “climate refugees”, people who were forced to leave their homes following several months of severe drought.
The oil sands of Alberta, Canada, represent the second largest source of crude oil in the world, behind Saudia Arabia. Canada is now the largest supplier of oil to the United States which in turn is the largest consumer of oil in the world. In 2006, bitumen production averaged 1.25 million barrels per day (200,000 m3/d) through 81 oil sands projects, representing 47% of total Canadian petroleum production. This proportion is expected to increase in coming decades as bitumen production grows while conventional oil production declines. Beneath an area the size of the Montana are an estimated 170.4 billion barrels of crude oil. Unlike conventional crude oil, which is pumped from deep within the earth, oil sands are a mixture of sand, clay, water and bitumen, found near the surface. Mining and refining the oil sands is an expensive, resource intensive process, (About two tons of oil sands are required to produce one barrel (roughly 1/8 of a ton) of oil) but with the rise in the price per barrel of oil, it has become profitable—very profitable.
For India, the Jharia area is the source of most of the nation’s coal. But for the people who live above an inferno, Jharia is a condemned place. For almost a century, fires have burned uncontrolled in the mines beneath Jharia, polluting the air with poisonous fumes and splitting the ground with dangerous fissures. For the impoverished residents of Jharia, stealing coal to sell and picking through collapsed buildings for salvageable material is a dangerous way of life. And now, with the earth literally collapsing beneath their feet, they face an ecological disaster.
The Maldives, the lowest lying nation on earth, is at risk of disappearing from the world map, scientists say. Global warming and the melting of polar ice caps are causing sea levels to rise at a rate of about 2 mm (0,8 in) per year, endangering the survival of the small island nation, whose average height above mean sea level is a mere 1 meter (3,3 ft).
Standing over the cliffs looking at the icebergs, one can see the results of our modern day throw away society, discarded junk, computers, dish washers, washing machines, televisions, stereos, office supplies, toilets, trucks, cars, tires… Junk, the past, present colliding into the future, This junk comes from the west, western and Eastern Europe and Asia, big cargo ships are bringing it also vie currents in the Ocean it ends up in Greenland, The World is poisoning Greenland but will not allow them to sell their natural products, such as seal skins in and open market, The European union has placed a ban on the selling of seal and polar bear, which is the food that Greenlanders eat and survive on they want them to eat junk food such as McDonalds, which comes from one of the biggest polluters in the World, the USA. The question is simple, society in its mad drive in the so call interest of modernization, we are polluting the Earth, with no care to the future and the next generation that will inherit the Earth, we have this lets live for today attitude, get rich and grow fat, being comfortable and losing the moral compass, and in the process destroying the World.
Every eight seconds the size of a football field disappears in the Brazilian Amazon. Not so much for the wood, but to create pastures for cows.
Brazil with 200 million cows has the biggest commercial cattle herd in the world and is beef producer No 1 in the world.
According to the FAO (United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization), cattle generates 18 percent more greenhouse gas emissions then cars and is a major source of land and water degradation. Because of the methane gas cows release, meat production is one of biggest threats to global warming nowadays. “The environmental costs per unit of livestock production must be cut by one half, just to avoid the level of damage worsening beyond its present level.”
The project focuses on Karabash and other poisoned cities of the Soviet-era industrial belt located on the Chelyabinskaya region of the southern Ural Mountains, Russia.
A legacy of chemical and heavy metal emissions and radiation leaks, including one worse than Chernobyl, earned Karabash region a reputation as the most polluted spot on Earth in the 1990s.
During many years, the exploitation of old technologies for treatment of raw materials, produced about 30 million tons of waste that have been dumped in the city. The dumps contain considerable amounts of valuable substances, including copper, zinc, gold, silver, platinoids, rare-earth elements and a trace of rare metals.