Earth in Heat: 10 Views of a Warming World

The impacts of global warming have begun to appear across the globe, from shrinking glaciers to rising seas.
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Winds of Change, 2004

Renewable sources of energy, such as the wind farm pictured here in Rockville, Ill., offer hope of alternatives to the fossil fuels, such as coal, that emit the greenhouse gases, which cause climate change when burned.....[ More ]

Modern Atlantis, 2005

The children of Tuvalu, an island nation in the South Pacific just 16.5 feet (five meters) above sea level at its highest point, wait out an inundating high tide, more common with each passing year, on their "kaupapa," an outdoor sleeping platform.....[ More ]

Penguin Peril, 2000

Islets off of Antarctica's Anvers Island have lost half of their nesting pairs of Adélie penguins ( Pygoscelis adeliae ) since the 1970s. This rookery that has existed for at least 600 years must move because of rising temperatures and changing ice cover.....[ More ]

Drought with Chinese Characteristics, 2005

Droughts will also become more common in some areas, like the one that gripped Guangdong Province in China in 2005 and dried up wells and ponds that had served for centuries.....[ More ]

Mountain Retreat, 2004

Plants and animals that live at climatic boundaries, such as specific elevations in the mountains, have been retreating up alpine slopes as temperatures warm, like these plants on Mount Schrankogel in Austria.....[ More ]

Chicago Heat, 1995

Extreme weather events, such as the heat wave in Chicago in 1995 that killed 700 people or the hot spell in Europe that killed 20,000 in 2003, will become more common as the globe warms.....[ More ]

Bangladeshi Village, 2005

A one-meter (3.2-foot) rise in sea level, which could result from the melting of a fraction of Greenland's glaciers or Antarctica's ice sheets, would flood 10 percent of Bangladesh, including the village on Bhola Island pictured here, and displace at least 20 million people.....[ More ]

Antarctic Ice, 2000

Some of the massive glaciers in Antarctica, such as Marr Ice Piedmont pictured here, are thinning and racing to the sea at a faster rate. Some ice shelves, such as Larsen B, have disintegrated altogether.....[ More ]

Portage Glacier, 2005

A picture of Portage Glacier taken in 2005. The ice has receded nearly three miles (five kilometers), revealing a lake as it retreats farther into the mountains.....[ More ]

Portage Glacier, 1914

A picture of Portage Glacier near Anchorage, Alaska, taken by the U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey in 1914.....[ More ]

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