Climate Change is With Us. Artic Melting.
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A group of people living in the Arctic have filed a lawsuit against the US government, claiming its climate change policies violate their human rights. The Inuit Circumpolar Conference (ICC) says that by failing to control emissions of greenhouse gases, the US is damaging the livelihoods those living in the Arctic. The group has filed a petition with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights demanding that the US limit its emissions.
Participation in the Kyoto Protocol, where dark green indicates countries that have signed and ratified the treaty and yellow indicates states that have signed and hope to ratify the treaty. Notably, Australia and the United States have signed but, currently, decline to ratify it.
The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season has brought an unprecedented 13 hurricanes to date, of which five—Dennis, Emily, Stan, Wilma, and Beta—along with Tropical Storm Gamma, have devastated parts of Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, Cuba, the Bahamas, Haiti, and Grenada.
Whole families were wiped out, and children swept away from their parents by the mudslides and flood waters.
The very old and the frail are most susceptible to heat related illness.
The Amazon claim more lives each year than floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes combined," warns the EPI. "Heat waves are a silent killer, mostly affecting the elderly, the very young, or the chronically ill."
Big river boat trapped on a sand bank, during one of the worst droughts ever recorded in the Amazon.
Winds of change. A Somalian girl searches for edible seeds among the dust. Increasing droughts are one of the most devastating effects of climate change.
Tibet among the dust. Increasing droughts are one of the most devastating effects of climate change.
A 31 year old Tibetan woman at her home in Yellow River township. She has 4 children and once owned 20 cattle and 30 sheep and lived well from the profits of the herd. However, due to the increase in degraded grassland she lost her livelihood and now is dependent on her husband to go out to find odd jobs to support the family. Global warming is already leading to the region drying up.
Scientists now believe global warming is melting the Alps, threatening widespread devastation over the next two decades.
The Trift glacier near the Grimsel pass. The tongue has become a lake and path which used to lead across it has disappeared. It must now be crossed via a Nepalese style "rope" bridge, 102 m long (335 ft) long, which opened in summer 2005.
Thanks primarily to global warming, all that remains of many of the Sierra Nevada's glaciers are shrinking bowls of snow.
Lack of Snow at Keystone in February of the Sierra Nevada's glaciers are shrinking bowls of snow.
The break-up of the Larsen B ice shelf in early 2002. of the Sierra Nevada's glaciers are shrinking bowls of snow. This event has been attributed to the effects of global warming. That it occurred is beyond dispute and that it is a result of the warming of the Antarctic Peninsula where it is situated is also beyond dispute. What remains unclear is whether or not this is a taste of things to come and an indicator of an Antarctic-wide phenomena or simply a localized result of the localized warming of the Antarctic Peninsula region alone.
The Greenhouse Effect traps heat inside the Earth’s atmosphere. This causes our climate increasing in temperature. This is known as Global Warming.