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NPL has extensive coverage on both the causes and effects of climate change. Our photographers have documented melting ice sheets, thawing permafrost, bleaching corals and receding glaciers, as well as extreme weather events and their impact on both wildlife and people.
Bushfire in spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) forest on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.  -  David Gallan
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David Gallan / Bushfire in spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) forest on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
Waterfalls from the enormous glacier front Austfonna, in evening light, Svalbard, Norway, July.  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Waterfalls from the enormous glacier front Austfonna, in evening light, Svalbard, Norway, July.
Forest fire in Canary Island pine (Pinus canariensis) forest. Ifonche, Tenerife, Canary Islands, 2012.  -  Sergio Hanquet
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Sergio Hanquet / Forest fire in Canary Island pine (Pinus canariensis) forest. Ifonche, Tenerife, Canary Islands, 2012.
A mother Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and her joey, surrounded by burnt trees. Survivors of a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020.  -  Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / A mother Eastern grey kangaroo (Macropus giganteus) and her joey, surrounded by burnt trees. Survivors of a bushfire in Mallacoota, Australia, January 2020.
Melting ice sheet with  massive  waterfalls running off the Austfonna glacier, the third largest glacier in the world covering most  of Nordaustlandet island, eastern Svalbard, Norway. Winner of Truet...  -  Roy Mangersnes
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Roy Mangersnes / Melting ice sheet with massive waterfalls running off the Austfonna glacier, the third largest glacier in the world covering most of Nordaustlandet island, eastern Svalbard, Norway. Winner of Truet...
Thermometer taking the air temperature as part of a study to measure the speed of the Russell Glacier near Kangerlussuaq Greenland. July 2008.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Thermometer taking the air temperature as part of a study to measure the speed of the Russell Glacier near Kangerlussuaq Greenland. July 2008.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting ice floe. Svalbard, Norway.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) on drifting ice floe. Svalbard, Norway.
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) starved to death as a consequence of climate change. Svalbard, Norway, July 2013  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) starved to death as a consequence of climate change. Svalbard, Norway, July 2013
Gornerglacier (or Gornergletscher) near Zermatt, at an altitude of about 2,500 meters at the glacier terminus. This lower part of the glacier will melt away in a few years. Since 2007, the glacier has...  -  Michel Roggo
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Michel Roggo / Gornerglacier (or Gornergletscher) near Zermatt, at an altitude of about 2,500 meters at the glacier terminus. This lower part of the glacier will melt away in a few years. Since 2007, the glacier has...
Split level of shallow bleaching corals and island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, June 2010  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Split level of shallow bleaching corals and island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, June 2010
Antler coral (Pocillopora grandis) showing bleaching with pastel green fluorescence. This is believed to result from pigments produced by coral acting as sunscreen in an attempt to survive bleaching....  -  Doug Perrine
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Doug Perrine / Antler coral (Pocillopora grandis) showing bleaching with pastel green fluorescence. This is believed to result from pigments produced by coral acting as sunscreen in an attempt to survive bleaching....
Danube flooding with Weltenburg Monastery protected by flood control measures,  Weltenburger Enge Nature Reserve, Kelheim county, Bavaria, Germany, June 2013  -  Martin Gabriel
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Martin Gabriel / Danube flooding with Weltenburg Monastery protected by flood control measures, Weltenburger Enge Nature Reserve, Kelheim county, Bavaria, Germany, June 2013
Aerial view of meltwater lake on the ice cap north-east of Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site,  Sermersuaq / Greenland ice sheet, Greenland, August 2014. Photograph...  -  Michel  Roggo
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Michel Roggo / Aerial view of meltwater lake on the ice cap north-east of Sermeq Kujalleq Glacier, Ilulissat Icefjord UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sermersuaq / Greenland ice sheet, Greenland, August 2014. Photograph...
Meltwater channels on the Athabasca glacier, which has lost 60 percent of its ice in the last 150 years. Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada. August 2012.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Meltwater channels on the Athabasca glacier, which has lost 60 percent of its ice in the last 150 years. Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada. August 2012.
Road in Fairbanks, Alaska collapsing into the ground due to global warming induced permafrost melt. Alaska, USA. August 2004  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Road in Fairbanks, Alaska collapsing into the ground due to global warming induced permafrost melt. Alaska, USA. August 2004
Icebergs and autumn tundra near Rode O (Red Island) in Rode Fjord (Red Fjord), Scoresby Sund, Greenland, August.  -  John Shaw
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John Shaw / Icebergs and autumn tundra near Rode O (Red Island) in Rode Fjord (Red Fjord), Scoresby Sund, Greenland, August.
Emissions from the Bluescope steel works at Port Kembla, Wollongong, Australia. February 2010.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Emissions from the Bluescope steel works at Port Kembla, Wollongong, Australia. February 2010.
Dwellings in Suihua with smoke coming out from the chimneys, Heilongjiang Province, China.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Dwellings in Suihua with smoke coming out from the chimneys, Heilongjiang Province, China.
Massive dump trucks with  load with tar sand in a mine north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. August 2012  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Massive dump trucks with load with tar sand in a mine north of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada. August 2012
The Syncrude upgrader plant for processing tar sands to create synthetic oil. Alberta, Canada. August 2012  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / The Syncrude upgrader plant for processing tar sands to create synthetic oil. Alberta, Canada. August 2012
Bushfire in spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) forest on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.  -  David Gallan
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David Gallan / Bushfire in spotted gum (Corymbia maculata) forest on the far south coast of New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
A conceptual picture of Global warming illustrated through a model of the earth with a sign at the North Pole saying ^Danger, Thin Ice^.  -  Niall Benvie
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Niall Benvie / A conceptual picture of Global warming illustrated through a model of the earth with a sign at the North Pole saying ^Danger, Thin Ice^.
Dried Cooper River basin, northern NSW, Queensland, Australia  -  Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House
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Colin Monteath/ Hedgehog House / Dried Cooper River basin, northern NSW, Queensland, Australia
Dry waterhole with game trails, Western Cape, South Africa  -  Richard Du Toit
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Richard Du Toit / Dry waterhole with game trails, Western Cape, South Africa
Dead Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi) most likely the result of the worst drought (2008-2009) in more than a decade in Northern Kenya. August 2009.  -  Lisa Hoffner
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Lisa Hoffner / Dead Grevy's Zebra (Equus grevyi) most likely the result of the worst drought (2008-2009) in more than a decade in Northern Kenya. August 2009.
Migrant family from the drought region of NE Brazil  -  Luiz Claudio Marigo
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Luiz Claudio Marigo / Migrant family from the drought region of NE Brazil
A Zu/'hoasi bushman considers the desiccated carcass of a plains zebra (Equus quagga) in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.  -  Neil Aldridge
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Neil Aldridge / A Zu/'hoasi bushman considers the desiccated carcass of a plains zebra (Equus quagga) in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana.
Animal skull on cracked earth, dry landscape. Namibia.  -  Tony Heald
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Tony Heald / Animal skull on cracked earth, dry landscape. Namibia.
Farmer's watering hole on a farm almost dried up during drought which lasted from 1996-2011. Shepperton, Victoria, Australia.  February 2010.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Farmer's watering hole on a farm almost dried up during drought which lasted from 1996-2011. Shepperton, Victoria, Australia. February 2010.
Building a sea wall to combat climate change and protect fishing village from floods, Sundarbans, Bangladesh, October 2008  -  David Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Building a sea wall to combat climate change and protect fishing village from floods, Sundarbans, Bangladesh, October 2008
A sea wall being built to protect fishing village from floods, in response to rising sea levels due to climate change, Sundarbans, Bangladesh, June 2008  -  David Woodfall
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David Woodfall / A sea wall being built to protect fishing village from floods, in response to rising sea levels due to climate change, Sundarbans, Bangladesh, June 2008
Bangladeshi man standing on edge of coast devastated by coastal erosion, Sundarbans, Ganges Delta, Bangladesh, December 2008  -  David Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Bangladeshi man standing on edge of coast devastated by coastal erosion, Sundarbans, Ganges Delta, Bangladesh, December 2008
Home threatened by rising sea levels, Passur river, Ganges delta, climate change, Bangladesh, November 2008  -  David Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Home threatened by rising sea levels, Passur river, Ganges delta, climate change, Bangladesh, November 2008
Woman walking past houses flooded by seawater on Funafuti, Tuvalu. These low lying islands are very susceptible to sea level rise, March 2007  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Woman walking past houses flooded by seawater on Funafuti, Tuvalu. These low lying islands are very susceptible to sea level rise, March 2007
Aerial view of a dead hardwood tree by the sea. These trees once grew further inland in coastal lowland forest but are now on the coast as a result of rising sea levels, Philippines, May 2009.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Aerial view of a dead hardwood tree by the sea. These trees once grew further inland in coastal lowland forest but are now on the coast as a result of rising sea levels, Philippines, May 2009.
Exposed tree roots and eroded coastline, due to rising sea levels, Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, 2011  -  Ernie Janes
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Ernie Janes / Exposed tree roots and eroded coastline, due to rising sea levels, Andaman Sea, Gulf of Thailand, 2011
Signs about sea level rise, along floodplains of Arnhem Highway, Northern Territory, Australia.  -  Juergen Freund
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Juergen Freund / Signs about sea level rise, along floodplains of Arnhem Highway, Northern Territory, Australia.
Family with their home threatened by rising sea level, Ganges delta, Bangladesh, July 2008  -  David Woodfall
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David Woodfall / Family with their home threatened by rising sea level, Ganges delta, Bangladesh, July 2008
Lilliehook glacier, calving sequence 1/2. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. 25th July 2020.  -  Espen Bergersen
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Espen Bergersen / Lilliehook glacier, calving sequence 1/2. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. 25th July 2020.
Scientist taking measurements as part of a study to measure the speed of the Russell Glacier near Kangerlussuag, Greenland. July 2008  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Scientist taking measurements as part of a study to measure the speed of the Russell Glacier near Kangerlussuag, Greenland. July 2008
Algae in melting ice on glacier. Robert Point, Robert Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. January 2020.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Algae in melting ice on glacier. Robert Point, Robert Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. January 2020.
Meltwater flowing off an iceberg. Near Yalour Islands, Wilhelm Archipelago, Antarctica. January 2020.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Meltwater flowing off an iceberg. Near Yalour Islands, Wilhelm Archipelago, Antarctica. January 2020.
Snow avalanche falling into sea, Jakobshavn, Ilulissat, Kangia, Icefjord, Greenland. October 2008.  -  Uri Golman
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Uri Golman / Snow avalanche falling into sea, Jakobshavn, Ilulissat, Kangia, Icefjord, Greenland. October 2008.
Dugdale Glacier with meltwater draining from the Admiralty Mountains into Robertson Bay, North Victoria Land, Antarctica. Aerial shot from helicopter, February 2017. Photographed for The Freshwater Pr...  -  Michel Roggo
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Michel Roggo / Dugdale Glacier with meltwater draining from the Admiralty Mountains into Robertson Bay, North Victoria Land, Antarctica. Aerial shot from helicopter, February 2017. Photographed for The Freshwater Pr...
Tabular iceberg floating in Weddell Sea, iceberg broken away from Larson C ice shelf. Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) colony dwarfed on sea ice below. Near Danger Islands, Antarctica. December 201...  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Tabular iceberg floating in Weddell Sea, iceberg broken away from Larson C ice shelf. Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) colony dwarfed on sea ice below. Near Danger Islands, Antarctica. December 201...
Edge of retreating glacier, shore below. Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. December 2019.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Edge of retreating glacier, shore below. Livingston Island, South Shetland Islands, Antarctica. December 2019.
Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) walking across melting sea ice, coastline in background. Weddell Sea, Antarctica. December 2019.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Adelie penguin (Pygoscelis adeliae) walking across melting sea ice, coastline in background. Weddell Sea, Antarctica. December 2019.
Melting ice and snow at on Joinville Island just off the Antarctic Peninsula.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Melting ice and snow at on Joinville Island just off the Antarctic Peninsula.
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