Climate Change In Pictures: Photographs From Around The World Show Droughts, Floods And Melting Ice

The IndependentIan Johnston

The effects of global warming are being felt from Antarctica to Iceland and from France to India

An  exhibition of photographs showing the effects of climate change around the world is currently on display at the United Nations climate summit in Morocco.
The images show the melting of ice in Antarctica and Iceland, devastating droughts and floods in Pakistan and dwindling water in reservoirs in France.
A total of 100 photographs are on display at the conference in Marrakech, where the likes of US Secretary of State John Kerry have viewed them.
Children and teenagers took 75 of the pictures, chosen by US-based photography charity, the Lucie Foundation, as part of a competition, while 25 others were selected by the National Geographic magazine.
Hossein Farmani, founder of the Lucie Foundation, said: "We managed to see the changes in the world through the eyes of the children and teenagers, who are very sensitive in their reflections of such changes.
"'How has your community been affected and how have you adapted?' was one of the questions we asked them and we received some very compelling answers."
Henry Dallal, the founder of the competition, said: "I am really pleased that our global youth competition on climate change initiated at COP21 in Paris has attracted many entries.
"I hope this initiative continues to create awareness on climate change among the youth of the world.
"We are glad to receive this much support from friends, and thanks to the Lucie Foundation and National Geographic's 'Your Shot' for making this exhibition come to life in the blue zone in Marrakech for COP22."
Young people from a total of 33 countries, also including Yemen, Cameroon and Cambodia, took part in the competition.

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A group of emperor penguins face a crack in the sea ice, near McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Kira Morris

Amid a flood in Islampur, Jamalpur, Bangladesh, a woman on a raft searches for somewhere dry to take shelter. Bangladesh is one of the most vulnerable places in the world to sea level rise, which is expected to make tens of millions of people homeless by 2050. Probal Rashid

Hanna Petursdottir examines a cave inside the Svinafellsjokull glacier in Iceland, which she said had been growing rapidly. Since 2000, the size of glaciers on Iceland has reduced by 12 per cent. Tom Schifanella

Floods destroyed eight bridges and ruined crops such as wheat, maize and peas in the Karimabad valley in northern Pakistan, a mountainous region with many glaciers. In many parts of the world, glaciers have been in retreat, creating dangerously large lakes that can cause devastating flooding when the banks break. Climate change can also increase rainfall in some areas, while bringing drought to others. Hira Ali  

Smoke – filled with the carbon that is driving climate change – drifts across a field in Colombia. Sandra Rondon

A river once flowed along the depression in the dry earth of this part of Bangladesh, but it has disappeared amid rising temperatures. Abrar Hossain

Sindh province in Pakistan has experienced a grim mix of two consequences of climate change. "Because of climate change either we have floods or not enough water to irrigate our crop and feed our animals," says the photographer. "Picture clearly indicates that the extreme drought makes wide cracks in clay. Crops are very difficult to grow." Rizwan Dharejo 

A shepherd moves his herd as he looks for green pasture near the village of Sirohi in Rajasthan, southern India. The region has been badly affected by heatwaves and drought, making local people nervous about further predicted increases in temperature. Riddhima Singh Bhati 

A factory in China is shrouded by a haze of air pollution. The World Health Organisation has warned such pollution, much of which is from the fossil fuels that cause climate change, is a "public health emergency". Leung Ka Wa 

Water levels in reservoirs, like this one in Gers, France, have been getting perilously low in areas across the world affected by drought, forcing authorities to introduce water restrictions. Mahtuf Ikhsan

Not a symptom or a cause of climate change, but a cloud lit by the sunset to create the impression of a giant fireball over Tunisia. Majed Noumi  

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