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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.
Aerial view of Meltwater lake, Greenland. August 2008.  -  Uri Golman
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Uri Golman / Aerial view of Meltwater lake, Greenland. August 2008.
Meltwater pouring off iceberg above hole. Scoresbysund Fiord, East Greenland, September 2005.  -  Bryan and Cherry Alexander
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Bryan and Cherry Alexander / Meltwater pouring off iceberg above hole. Scoresbysund Fiord, East Greenland, September 2005.
Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) on drifting ice, with petrel flying over, Hinlopen. Svalbard, Norway, June.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) on drifting ice, with petrel flying over, Hinlopen. Svalbard, Norway, June.
Ice cliff of the Austfonna ice cap with melt water and ice crashing down to the sea, Svalbard, Norway, July 2012.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Ice cliff of the Austfonna ice cap with melt water and ice crashing down to the sea, Svalbard, Norway, July 2012.
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) running across ice, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada  -  Jim Brandenburg
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Jim Brandenburg / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) running across ice, Ellesmere Island, Nunavut, Canada
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming, Svalbard, Norway. October  -  Andy Rouse
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Andy Rouse / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) swimming, Svalbard, Norway. October
Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) footprints in snow, on cracked ice, Svalbard, Norway, September.  -  Ole  Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) footprints in snow, on cracked ice, Svalbard, Norway, September.
Tim Flannery in summer clothing, reading his best-selling book 'The Weather Makers' on an icy pebble beach, Robert Point, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, to illustrate the warming of the Anta...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Tim Flannery in summer clothing, reading his best-selling book 'The Weather Makers' on an icy pebble beach, Robert Point, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, to illustrate the warming of the Anta...
Dead Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) starved to death, Zeipelodden, Svalbard, Norway, September.  -  Staffan Widstrand
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Staffan Widstrand / Dead Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) starved to death, Zeipelodden, Svalbard, Norway, September.
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.
Iceberg and reflection, in Rode Fjord (Red Fjord), Scoresby Sund, Greenland, August.  -  John Shaw
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John Shaw / Iceberg and reflection, in Rode Fjord (Red Fjord), Scoresby Sund, Greenland, August.
RF - Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) female and cub exploring ice free shoreline, ice may have thawed due to climate change. Woodfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. July 2012. (This image may be lice...  -  Nick Garbutt
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Nick Garbutt / RF - Polar bear (Ursus maritimus) female and cub exploring ice free shoreline, ice may have thawed due to climate change. Woodfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, Norway. July 2012. (This image may be lice...
Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) sitting on floe in vast thawing sea-ice landscape. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, August 2011. Second place, Mammals Category, GDT 2012 competion. Winner in ANIMALS IN THEIR ENVIR...  -  Ole Jorgen Liodden
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Ole Jorgen Liodden / Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) sitting on floe in vast thawing sea-ice landscape. Spitsbergen, Svalbard, August 2011. Second place, Mammals Category, GDT 2012 competion. Winner in ANIMALS IN THEIR ENVIR...
Waterfall from ice cliffs and polar ice cap. Austfonna Polar Ice Cap, Svalbard, Arctic. August 2011. Highly commended in the GDT competition 2013  -  Andy Rouse,Andy  Rouse
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Andy Rouse,Andy Rouse / Waterfall from ice cliffs and polar ice cap. Austfonna Polar Ice Cap, Svalbard, Arctic. August 2011. Highly commended in the GDT competition 2013
Ice cave melting in Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, USA, August 2014.  -  Floris  van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Ice cave melting in Mendenhall Glacier, Juneau, Alaska, USA, August 2014.
Lateral moraine deposited at edge of Findel glacier. Glacier in retreat with braided river in valley, Matterhorn in distance. Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland. September 2019.  -  Graham Eaton
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Graham Eaton / Lateral moraine deposited at edge of Findel glacier. Glacier in retreat with braided river in valley, Matterhorn in distance. Zermatt, Valais, Switzerland. September 2019.
Avalanche on Machapuchare  / Fishtail Peak in the Annapurna Himalaya, Nepal. It was caused by a massive block of glacial ice detaching from the summit cliffs. 29th December 2012.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Avalanche on Machapuchare / Fishtail Peak in the Annapurna Himalaya, Nepal. It was caused by a massive block of glacial ice detaching from the summit cliffs. 29th December 2012.
Meltwater from retreating glacier flowing over rock into lake, below Torres del Paine towers. Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile. January 2020.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Meltwater from retreating glacier flowing over rock into lake, below Torres del Paine towers. Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia, Chile. January 2020.
Sign marking the former extent of the Athabasca glacier, in 1925. The glacier 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 / Sign marking the former extent of the Athabasca glacier, in 1925. The glacier has lost 60 percent of its ice in the last 150 years. Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada. August 2012.
Avalanche on Machapuchare or Fishtail Peak in the Annapurna Himalaya, Nepal. It was caused by a massive block of glacial ice detaching from the summit cliffs,  29th December 2012.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Avalanche on Machapuchare or Fishtail Peak in the Annapurna Himalaya, Nepal. It was caused by a massive block of glacial ice detaching from the summit cliffs, 29th December 2012.
U shaped valley caused by rapidly retreating South Annapurna glacier in the Annapurna sanctuary, Nepalese Himalayas, Nepal. December 2012.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / U shaped valley caused by rapidly retreating South Annapurna glacier in the Annapurna sanctuary, Nepalese Himalayas, Nepal. December 2012.
Balcony cafe over looking The Mer De Glace which has thinned 150 meters since 1820, and retreated by 2300 Metres, with a balcony cafe overlooking the rapidly shrinking glacier. Chamonix, France, Septe...  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Balcony cafe over looking The Mer De Glace which has thinned 150 meters since 1820, and retreated by 2300 Metres, with a balcony cafe overlooking the rapidly shrinking glacier. Chamonix, France, Septe...
The rapidly receding Glacier de pre de Bar in the Mont Blanc range, Italy. August 2014.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / The rapidly receding Glacier de pre de Bar in the Mont Blanc range, Italy. August 2014.
A 'Drunken forest' in Fairbanks, Alaska where trees are collapsing into the ground due to global warming induced permafrost melt. ~Alaska, USA, September 2004  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / A 'Drunken forest' in Fairbanks, Alaska where trees are collapsing into the ground due to global warming induced permafrost melt. ~Alaska, USA, September 2004
House in Fairbanks Alaska moved after it started collapsing into the ground due to global warming induced permafrost melt. August 2004  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / House in Fairbanks Alaska moved after it started collapsing into the ground due to global warming induced permafrost melt. August 2004
Arctic tundra with frost-wedging features caused by repeated freeze-thaw processes in rocky soil, and surface water accumulation from melting permafrost. Wrangel Island, Siberian Arctic, Chukchi Sea,...  -  Jenny E. Ross
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Jenny E. Ross / Arctic tundra with frost-wedging features caused by repeated freeze-thaw processes in rocky soil, and surface water accumulation from melting permafrost. Wrangel Island, Siberian Arctic, Chukchi Sea,...
Sign showing where limit of 'Mer de Glace' (Sea of Ice) glacier used to be in 1990, Chamonix, Mont-Blanc, French Alps, Haute-Savoie, France  -  Christophe Courteau
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Christophe Courteau / Sign showing where limit of 'Mer de Glace' (Sea of Ice) glacier used to be in 1990, Chamonix, Mont-Blanc, French Alps, Haute-Savoie, France
Information panel with photos  showing the Angel Glacier historic retreat from  1915, 1922 and 1978, Jasper National Park, Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada  -  Oriol Alamany
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Oriol Alamany / Information panel with photos showing the Angel Glacier historic retreat from 1915, 1922 and 1978, Jasper National Park, Rocky Mountains, Alberta, Canada
Old house at Recherchefjorden, Van Keulenfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard. It is gradually sliding down slope due to solifluction and permafrost melt. Norway, July 2013.  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Old house at Recherchefjorden, Van Keulenfjorden, Spitsbergen, Svalbard. It is gradually sliding down slope due to solifluction and permafrost melt. Norway, July 2013.
Scientist using GPS equipment measuring the speed of the Russelll Glacier near Kangerlussuag, Greenland, July 2008  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Scientist using GPS equipment measuring the speed of the Russelll Glacier near Kangerlussuag, Greenland, July 2008
Peak of Huayna Potosi from El Alto above, La Paz, Bolivia. La Paz  and El Alto are critically short of water due to climate change causing  glaciers to melt. The glaciers provide water to the town. Oc...  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Peak of Huayna Potosi from El Alto above, La Paz, Bolivia. La Paz and El Alto are critically short of water due to climate change causing glaciers to melt. The glaciers provide water to the town. Oc...
Peak of Chacaltaya (5,395m), in the Bolivian Andes, which until 2009 had a glacier supporting the world's highest ski lift at over 17,000 feet. The glacier finally disappeared completely in 2009 due t...  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Peak of Chacaltaya (5,395m), in the Bolivian Andes, which until 2009 had a glacier supporting the world's highest ski lift at over 17,000 feet. The glacier finally disappeared completely in 2009 due t...
Mediterranean pines (Pinus halepensis) in forest fire, taken from the Patra Korinth Highway, Mount Klokos, Peloponese, Greece. 9th July 2007. This was the largest forest fire in Greece recorded. It de...  -  Constantinos Petrinos
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Constantinos Petrinos / Mediterranean pines (Pinus halepensis) in forest fire, taken from the Patra Korinth Highway, Mount Klokos, Peloponese, Greece. 9th July 2007. This was the largest forest fire in Greece recorded. It de...
Smoke column from a fire in the Calden Forest, during the summer season, south of the province of La Pampa, Argentina. January 2017.  -  Gabriel Rojo
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Gabriel Rojo / Smoke column from a fire in the Calden Forest, during the summer season, south of the province of La Pampa, Argentina. January 2017.
Fire inside the Tangkoko National Park. The fire lasted two weeks, until it was extinguished by a storm from the sea. Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2015.  -  Enrique Lopez-Tapia
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Enrique Lopez-Tapia / Fire inside the Tangkoko National Park. The fire lasted two weeks, until it was extinguished by a storm from the sea. Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 2015.
Members of the Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade light up a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.  -  David Gallan
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David Gallan / Members of the Angledale Rural Fire Service brigade light up a backburn to protect the edge of Bermagui township, New South Wales, Australia. January 2020.
Lightning caused wildfire on Mount Lemmon, Coronado National Forest, Arizona, USA, 11th June 2020.  -  Jack Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Lightning caused wildfire on Mount Lemmon, Coronado National Forest, Arizona, USA, 11th June 2020.
Forest fire at night with silhouetted trees, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA  -  Mark Taylor
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Mark Taylor / Forest fire at night with silhouetted trees, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA
Dead trees continue to burn long after a bushfire has swept through forest in New South Wales, Australia. December 2019.  -  David Gallan
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David Gallan / Dead trees continue to burn long after a bushfire has swept through forest in New South Wales, Australia. December 2019.
Bushfire and grass trees along the Peninsula Development Road on Cape York south of the Archer River Roadhouse. Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia. September 2012  -  Tim  Laman
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Tim Laman / Bushfire and grass trees along the Peninsula Development Road on Cape York south of the Archer River Roadhouse. Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia. September 2012
Fire fighting activities with fixed wind aircraft dropping fire retardant on the Lava Mountain Fire, Wyoming, USA. July 2016  -  Jeff Vanuga
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Jeff Vanuga / Fire fighting activities with fixed wind aircraft dropping fire retardant on the Lava Mountain Fire, Wyoming, USA. July 2016
Fort Collins- Colorado forest  fire seen from Estes Park. The fire was intensified by dead trees killed by the Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae).  Colorado, USA, June. The current outbrea...  -  Jeff Foott
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Jeff Foott / Fort Collins- Colorado forest fire seen from Estes Park. The fire was intensified by dead trees killed by the Mountain pine beetle (Dendroctonus ponderosae). Colorado, USA, June. The current outbrea...
Burnt trees on the side of the Bruthen -Buchan Road, South Buchan.This area was burnt during the November / Dec 2019 fires. Bruthen-Buchan Road, South Buchan, Victoria, Australia. January 2020  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Burnt trees on the side of the Bruthen -Buchan Road, South Buchan.This area was burnt during the November / Dec 2019 fires. Bruthen-Buchan Road, South Buchan, Victoria, Australia. January 2020
The King Fire that burned 97,717 acres of the El Dorado National Forest, California, USA. This picture was taken during a severe drought in which wild fires are much more common. October 2014  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / The King Fire that burned 97,717 acres of the El Dorado National Forest, California, USA. This picture was taken during a severe drought in which wild fires are much more common. October 2014
Sheep graze on land scorched by a bushfire in the Buchan area, Australia, January 2020  -  Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Sheep graze on land scorched by a bushfire in the Buchan area, Australia, January 2020
Forest fire destroys an area of forest in the Little Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA. Most of California was in exceptional drought, the highest classification of drought, whi...  -  Ashley Cooper
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Ashley Cooper / Forest fire destroys an area of forest in the Little Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA. Most of California was in exceptional drought, the highest classification of drought, whi...
Dead kangaroo killed by a bushfire in the Buchan area, Australia, January 2020  -  Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals
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Jo-Anne McArthur / We Animals / Dead kangaroo killed by a bushfire in the Buchan area, Australia, January 2020
Burnt feet of anaesthetised  female Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) as she is treated, at a mobile wildlife triage centre at Bairnsdale (which was set up to treat animals as a result of the bushfires t...  -  Doug Gimesy
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Doug Gimesy / Burnt feet of anaesthetised female Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) as she is treated, at a mobile wildlife triage centre at Bairnsdale (which was set up to treat animals as a result of the bushfires t...
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