A large part of the Oceania’s Pacific Islands, population ten million, could become uninhabitable by the end of the century, and the rising level of the ocean is already having a devastating effect on the lives of island dwellers in the region.
Vlad Sokhin’s photos illustrate how the everyday lives of the residents of Pacific islands is impacted by rising sea levels. The acclaimed photographer, whose work has appeared in The Guardian and National Geographic, has been following the struggle of Oceanians with the water for a long time. He wants his projects to raise awareness of the fact that climate change is already well underway: a great many people are already forced to seek new homes due to the rising waters.
Warm Waters is a long-term photographic project that Sokhin launched with the express intention of showing how the life of island communities living in the Pacific Region is being impacted by climate change, which he considers to be the gravest environmental problem in the history of humanity.
The series brings home the fact that climate change is not a remote, potential reality, not the problem of future generations, but an immediate and urgent problem that we need to deal with now.
The series of photos entitled The World’s First Climate Refugees is about people who have lost everything as a result of climate change: the rising waters have forced them to leave their homes behind, with little possibility of ever returning.
These people are refugees. They are not seeking refuge from wars or oppressive governments, but from the consequences of climate change.
Almost seven million people were forced to leave their homes by extreme weather events around the world during the first half of this year, which promises one of the most catastrophic years ever in that respect – reports the International Displacement Monitoring Centre (IMDC), an international centre headquartered in Geneva that tracks internal displacements worldwide.
A massive storm hit the south-eastern part of Spain in the middle of September: the storm has caused some fatalities, and many people were caught in their cars carried away by rising waters. More than five thousand people had to be evacuated from their homes, roads and railway bridges were closed off and a number of rivers have flooded their banks.
Dorian has gone down in history as the most destructive hurricane of all times, but experts warn that global warming is expected to keep increasing the number of very intense, category 4 and 5 hurricanes in the near future.
Tiny islands have emerged from under the retreating ice sheets before, but Brageneset, with its 10 square kilometre area, is a special case.
24 metres of the southern peak of Kebnekaise has melted off over the last fifty years.
A seven metre-tall coastal surge, winds raging at 300 km/h. The strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Bahamas has left tremendous devastation in its wake.
In the coastal regions of the United States, water is endangering thousands of kilometres of underground optical cables.
The UN International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that if the planet’s average temperature increased by up to 2 degrees Celsius by 2100, about 280 million people worldwide may have to flee their homes due to flooding.
Arganda del Rey in the Madrid region was hit by a powerful hailstorm on 26 August. Extreme weather caused massive flooding: roads were turned into rivers, and even an operating room of a local hospital was flooded.
Scientists at the US space research agency use probes dropped from the air to study the melting of Greenland’s ice.