The Human Planet
21st Century Agriculture
Europe’s Food Revolution
New York Air
Feeding 9 Billion
Florida Sea Level
Salt Deserts of Iran
New York Air
Geologists on the Greenland Ice Sheet conduct melt water flow experiment with fluorescent dye to better understand melt water dynamics.
The Haerwusu mine in Inner Mongolia is the largest open pit coal mine in Asia. 60% of China's power is generated by coal.
Trucks moving coal for distribution at a sorting yard in Inner Mongolia. China consumes approximately half of the world's coal.
Rush hour traffic in Shanghai. Automobile use in China is expected to reach 200 million by 2020, leading to further increases in greeenhouse gas emissions.
Warming water and nutrient runoff has led to algae blooms that now clog fish traps in Lake Taihu, China.
Flooding from Hurricane Harvey at the Chevron/Phillips refinery in Baytown, Texas. Warmer sea water is causing tropical storms to be more powerful.
Flooding from Hurricane Harvey in Beaumont, Texas, the day after the tropical storm dumped 30 inches of rain in 18 hours in the area.
Wildfire ravaged Santa Rosa, California. Severe drought had left many trees dead, enabling wildfires to spread quickly, even into suburban areas.
Passengers disembark onto a flooded dock in the Brahmaputra Delta, Bangladesh. Climate change has increased the severity of flooding in this vulnerable area.
Rivers remain central to transportation in Dhaka, Bangladesh, where increasinlgy severe storms have led to an almost annual inundation of the city.
Trift Bridge crosses a valley that was filled with 100 feet of ice 20 years ago. Scientists predict most of the glaciers in the Swiss Alps will disappear by the end of the century.
Warming sea water has decimated chinstrap penguin colonies on the Antarctic Peninsula due to the loss of their principal food, krill, which grows on sea ice.
Temperatures in the Antarctic Peninsula have increased by 5°F over the last 50 years, causing huge losses of glacial ice.
Over the past 50 years SW Australia has seen a climatic shift that has increased salintity and reduced favorable agricultural conditions. Cranbrook, Western Australia.
Marine biologists collecting samples of seagrass in Shark Bay, Australia. Marine heatwaves have been killing off seagrass, the primary habitat for dugongs, turtle and fish.
Increasingly intense sandstorms are causing dunes to inundate desert oases, like Chinguetti, Mauritania.
Drought and desertification caused a migration to Nouakchott, Mauritania. Residents now struggle with sand dunes that bury both roads and buildings.