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05-07-2016

Global Warming - When A Picture Paints More Than A Thousand Words

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The plight of the Aral sea

The Aral sea sits in Central Asia, and used to be the world's fourth biggest salt lake to exist. In the 1950's the Russians implemented an irrigation plan to service the millions who inhabit the land. The water began to be siphoned off from the canals and this started the decline in water levels. Because of the added complication of global warming, the high temperatures of the desert began to evaporate the lake. This vital source of water which irrigated the land and served the people who needed it is almost non existent today. An aerial shot of the region taken in 1989 compared to a recent snap taken in 2014, shows the basin practically arid because of the restrictive river flows in and out of the lake. As Westerners, we tend to not take into consideration how these geographical changes can impact on us, but this is part of the global warming problem. Global warming impacts all areas of the planet and this has consequences for all human beings. Lack of essential provisions like water causes mass immigration to other countries plus shortages and restrictions cause financial fluctuations.

Muir Glacier in Alaska

Alaska is home to some of the most beautiful icy landscapes that the world has to offer. Photographs taken in 1879 show the crystallized area. Since then, many more geographical photographers have documented the decline of ice which surrounded the inlet. The glacier had stood at over three hundred feet tall. Over the last eighty years, it has become visibly clear that global warming very much exists and it's in these predominantly icy areas that we can see just how rapid the melting process has become. Once upon a time, this icy glacier was home to a mountainous border, covered in ice and snow. Now they are covered in lush vegetation and plant life, with little evidence that these snow-capped landscapes existed in the first place. The recent photos show the glacier has receded more than 50 kilometres. Bearing in mind that eighty years is a relatively short window of time for such a startling anomaly to occur, one can only imagine the speed of global warming as it continues to threaten our planet.
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