Earth Under Fire Photo Essay
Gary Braasch's latest work, Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World, is a comprehensive look at the world-wide effects of climate change. His book presents dramatic photographs, maps and quotes from world climate science leaders. Our photo-essay offers a sample…
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|Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World is a comprehensive look at the world-wide effects of climate change. In dramatic photographs, maps and quotes from world climate science leaders, this one-of-a-kind book shows how the earth is being changed right now.
Earth Under Fire illustrates on-going shifts from weather extremes and melting glaciers to disruptions of animal migration and plant growth—including the strong impact on human life, cities and cultures. Earth Under Fire ends with a vision of how we can slow global warming and improve the lives of people everywhere. For more information and to order Earth Under Fire, visit www.earthunderfire.com.
Gary Braasch is a nature and environmental photojournalist whose work on global warming has won him international recognition. YES! Magazine has been proud to publish his work since our first issue. Gary's work can be seen at www.braaschphotography.com.
From the introduction to Earth Under Fire
“This book is a message from many of the places where the effects of rapid climate change are being seen and where scientists are studying what is happening. It is also a report on what these changes mean and what we can do about them.
As a witness to climate change, I have stood in the empty rookeries of displaced Adélie penguins and felt the chill as huge icebergs separated from an ice shelf in Antarctica. I have seen the jagged fronts of receding Greenland glaciers and observed subtle changes on the tundra. I have tracked down Alpine glaciers depicted in 150-year-old images and rephotographed them to show them wasting away. In the woods of eastern North America I have walked among spring wildflowers and watched for migrant songbirds, which are arriving earlier each season than in decades past. Along the coasts I have seen rising tides and heavy storms erode beaches. I have heard the anguish in the voices of native Alaskans as they describe their village being washed away, of Chinese farmers facing famine caused by drought, and of Pacific Islanders driven from their homes by increasingly high tides. Global warming is affecting the whole world, from the tiniest ocean plankton to humans in their cities and the flora and fauna of entire river basins and mountain ranges.
These observations are part of a photographic project called "World View of Global Warming," for which I traveled to 22 nations and seven continents. This book presents this visual evidence and combines it with the latest scientific and social reports of changes taking place now. It details what is beginning to be done around the world to control rapid climate change and issues a call to action to citizens, leaders, and governments.”
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