A photo taken on the 13th of June in Greenland has shocked the whole world: Steffen Olsen, a climate researcher with the Danish Meteorological Service had set off with his sled dog team to collect a few meteorological instruments, but instead of ice, he found water.
During the June heat wave in Greenland, the surface of the north-western Inglefield Bredning fjord has melted so much that Olsen’s dogs had to wade through water, as the surface of the 1.2 metre thick ice shelf was covered in it. Finally, with the assistance of local hunters and satellite images, Olsen found a passable route to recover the instruments.
Greenland has had unusually warm weather this June, with the result that on some days, several billion tonnes of ice melted on the northern island.
As a result of climate change, humanity is expected to face growing numbers of destructive storms in the future.
The rising sea levels and melting permafrost caused by climate change are causing crisis situations in a number of places around the world, resulting in tens of thousands of people having to leave their homes, while important agricultural areas also fall victim to the changes.
Climate change is causing severe problems in Antarctica, too: recently, a piece of ice weighing 315 billion tonnes broke off the area, while scientists investigating satellite images covering an area of 5 million square kilometres found tens of thousands of meltwater lakes, which indicates severe problems.
“Ice is the canary in the global coal mine. It’s the place where we can see and touch and hear and feel climate change in action.” Internationally recognised nature photographer James Balog believes it is extremely important to pay attention to the processes underway in the polar regions.
Massive snowstorms hit a number of north-western and northern states of the USA on 29 September.
Monsoon rain accompanied by storms and lightning hit the states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in India on 27 September. Tempestuous winds toppled trees and utility poles and tore off roofs, killing more than a hundred people.
On 24 September, the Fondazione Montagna Sicura (Safe Mountain Foundation) issued an avalanche warning on the Planpincieux Glacier, which is located on the eastern slope of the Grandes Jorasses peak.
More than a thousand people were evacuated or rescued in Houston, Texas, the most populous city in Texas and the fourth most populous city in the United States on 19 September due to Tropical Storm Imelda.
Due to their geographical position, the small island states of the Caribbean and the Pacific are particularly vulnerable to the consequences of climate change. The documentary entitled 1.5 Stay Alive showcases the sensitive and risky symbiosis between people living in the Caribbean Region and the water that surrounds them.
Climate change is expected to cause the number of extreme floods along the shores of Northern Europe to increase.