10+ Striking Photos That Every Climate Change Denier Should See

Warnings and statistics surrounding climate change are everywhere. Species extinction, habitat destruction, rising sea levels, drought and natural disasters present tangible evidence of mankind’s assault on the planet. Below are a few recent photographs from all around the world that powerfully illustrate the devastating consequences of climate change.

Hong Kong

There is a fake skyline for tourists to take photos in front of in Hong Kong, because the real one is covered by smog.
There is a fake Hong Kong skyline for tourists, as the real skyline is covered in smog


The shrinking of the Aral Sea is said to be one of the earth’s worst environmental disasters. It was formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world. By 2006, it had shrunk to 10 % of its original size. In 2014, NASA declared that the entire eastern basin had completely dried up. Today the eastern basin is called the Aralkum desert. Below is a comparison of the Aral Sea in 1989 (left), and 2014 (right).


A young boy swims in algae filled water in Shandong Province. The widespread and increasing proliferation of algae is a huge environmental concern caused by warming waters. Algal blooms deplete the oxygen levels in water, causing the death of marine life.
A boy swims in the algae-filled coastline of Qingdao, Shandong province July 15, 2011. Picture taken July 15, 2011. REUTERS/China Daily (CHINA - Tags: ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY SPORT SWIMMING IMAGES OF THE DAY) CHINA OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN CHINA - RTR2OXK8


A huge dust storm hits Arizona. One form of natural disaster that is becoming more and more common as a consequence of climate change.

dust storm in arizona, becoming more common


Indonesian surfer Dede Surinaya catches a wave in a remote but garbage-covered bay on Java, the world’s most populated island.

Indonesian surfer Dede Surinaya catches a wave in a remote but garbage-covered bay on Java, Indonesia, the world's most populated island.


A child sleeps in the middle of a flooded street in Chongqing during an outbreak of torrential rain in 2010, that killed dozens of people.

Here, a child sleeps in the middle of a flooded street in China's Chongqing municipality during a 2010 outbreak of torrential rain, which killed dozens of people.


A picture of illegal coal pickers by photographer Peter Caton. They return home raiding the open coal mines in Jharia, amidst the toxic fumes that are released by the underground burning coal. The Jharia coal mine was once a treasure trove of high-quality coking coal. However, uncontrollable fires have turned the mine and the surroundings into a slow-burning inferno. Before coal was unearthed in this area, Jharia was a belt of dense forests inhabited by tribes.

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Lake Mead is the largest reservoir in the United States. However, the lake has not reached full capacity since 1983 due to drought and increased water demands. Here you can see an old pier leading to nothing, where deep waters once reached.

lake mead dried up with pier leading to nothing


A journalist collects a sample from waters ravaged by industrial pollution in 2012.
This picture taken on December 13, 2011 shows a woman collecting a sample of the red polluted water flowing from a sewer into the Jian River in Luoyang, north China's Henan province. The cause of the river becoming apocalyptic in character was red dye being dumped into the city's storm water pipe network, by two illegal dye workshops,the Luoyang Municipal Environmental Protection Bureau said on December 14, 2011, as authorities said they were working to shut down the workshops, and to disassemble the workshops' machinery. AFP PHOTO CHINA OUT

South Korea

A crab carcass sits on a dried-up reservoir near Seoul in the midst of a severe drought in 2012, exacerbated by uncharacteristically warm temperatures.

This crab carcass is sitting on a dried-up reservoir near Seoul, South Korea in the midst of a severe 2012 drought, exacerbated by uncharacteristically warm temperatures.


Mitzi Richards and her granddaughter take a walk along a boat dock that she owns. It rests in the dried lake bed of California’s Huntington Lake. Water levels in the lake began falling during the 2012-2015 North American drought. By mid 2014, the lake was a third of its normal level.



An old sign next to a dried up lake near Condobolin.

An old sign next to a dry lake indicates a no swimming area. The lake in Condobolin has been dry for over 3 years. When the lake was full, it brought many economic benefits to the small town because the waters attracted fishermen and water-skiers. Drought is severely affecting the region in Australia. The situation is dire for those relying on the Murray-Darling River system. This once majestic river system occupies and supports four of Australia√Ę??s several states and in places has been reduced to a mere trickle.


A parking lot full of vehicles swallowed by the surging waters of the South Platte River flood in Colorado in 2013.

The 2013 South Platte River flood in Colorado left these vehicles submerged as it surged through the farming communities along the river's banks.


A heart-breaking picture captured by photographer Kerstin Langenberger of a starving polar bear. When she found the bear, it was stranded on an ice float, which has become an increasing problem as warming temperatures continue to melt the arctic ice. For the polar bear to survive in the wild, the arctic must remain extremely cold and largely covered in ice year-round. They cannot survive without sea ice, using it to raise their young, to travel and as a platform for hunting seals – their primary food source.


Buildings are shrouded in smog on December 8, 2013 in Lianyungang, China. The heavy smog worsened air pollution so much that schools were forced to close.
LIANYUNGANG, CHINA - DECEMBER 08: (CHINA OUT) Buildings are shrouded in smog on December 8, 2013 in Lianyungang, China. Heavy smog has been lingering in northern and eastern parts of China since last week, disturbing the traffic, worsening air pollution and forcing the closure of schools. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)


Notorious street artist Banksy makes a bold statement with this graffiti on a wall by London’s Regent’s Canal.

This graffiti, on a wall by London's Regent's Canal, is believed to by an ironic work of art by acclaimed street artist Banksy.With so many confronting images that confirm the diverse and ubiquitous effects of climate change, hard to believe some still debate its existence. With so many natural disasters and unprecedented shifts in weather conditions, it’s clear that humankind needs to make major changes to avoid dire consequences. But people around the world are taking action. In May this year, the largest coordinated, global act of civil disobedience in history took place across six continents as part of the climate movement. Read our article on the Break Free actions to learn more about climate crisis facing our world today, and how you can join the fight for a more sustainable world.

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