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A New Low: Scenes from Thailand's Dro...
Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
08 Apr 2016

Many regions of Thailand are struggling with what some have called the worst drought in decades with nearly 30 of Thailand’s 77 provinces declared drought affected according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM). Climate experts have pointed to an El Niño weather pattern along with the effects of climate change as the cause for drier and hotter than usual weather across much of the country leading to canals, reservoirs and dams to reach record lows levels. For the nation’s farmers meanwhile, these higher than normal temperatures combined with last year’s short-lived wet season have forced some to plant more drought-resistant crops, and in some places these too are failing. With the wet season set to begin many affected communities are hoping that significant rainfall will help to ease the situation, however there remains a collective anxiety that a short-lived wet season this year will not provide adequate rainfall to bring relief to farmers and communities most affected.

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Thailand Drought 07
Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
08 Apr 2016

Jinda, a farmer in Suphanburi province surveys a field he used to grow beans where rice would usually be planted. Severe drought conditions and limited water flowing through nearby irrigated canals have forced many farmers to be selective and grow more drought resistant crops.

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Thailand Drought 08
Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
08 Apr 2016

A farmer inspects his struggling rice crop in central Thailand. Severe drought conditions and limited water flowing through nearby irrigated canals have forced many farmers to grow selectively in order to ration the water they have access to.

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Thailand Drought 09
Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
08 Apr 2016

A farmer near Uthong in Suphanburi province watches over a controlled burn in one of her fields. Government officials have condemned this practice citing concerns for air quality made worse by the lack of rain however burning fields after harvest is often practiced by farmers in order to quickly make way for future crops.

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Thailand Drought 10
Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
08 Apr 2016

A farmer shows some of his failed bean crop near Uthong in Suphanburi province. Dry conditions in Thailand are forcing farmers to plant more drought resistant crops such as beans instead of rice. For many areas however, even substituted crops are failing due to the severe drought.

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Thailand Drought 02
Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
26 Mar 2016

A line of water markers lead down to the water'€™s edge at the Mae Kuang dam in Thailand'€™s Chiang Mai province. The distant tree line provides an indication of past dam levels while significant rainfall is believed to be still months away.

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Thailand Drought 03
Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
26 Mar 2016

The view down river from the gates of the Mae Kuang dam in Chiang Mai province. The current water levels at the dam sit below the gates meaning water release is not possible.

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Thailand Drought 06
Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
26 Mar 2016

In the city of Chiang Mai, there were little signs of drought. In the lead up last month's popular Songkran (a popular holiday marking the Thai new year by throwing water) some local nightclubs threw 'pre-Songkran' festivities in order to promote the upcoming water festival and attract patrons.
Water guns, balloons and hoses were all used to soak club-goers while farmers and villagers outside the city were being told to ration their water due to extremely low levels in the surrounding dams.

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Thailand Drought 05
Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
23 Mar 2016

A farmer feeds his water buffalo near a small waterhole in the Ping River near Chom Thong, Thailand. The river is dry in some places as the region struggles through a serious drought. Many districts in the Chiang Mai region have been declared drought-affected and significant rainfall is not expected for months.

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Thailand Drought 01
Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
23 Mar 2016

A young fisherman tries his luck in some of the small waterholes remaining in the Ping River near Chong Thom, Thailand. The river is dry in some places as the region struggles through a serious drought. Many districts in the Chiang Mai region have been declared drought-affected and significant rainfall is not expected for months.

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Thailand Drought 04
Chiang Mai
By [email protected]
22 Mar 2016

Ngam, a fisherman, lands his boat with his catch for the day after passing through choked waterways in Ping River near Chom Thong, in Chiang Mai province. Low water levels mean that many of the larger bodies of water are often difficult to navigate through due to crowding from vegetation. Open areas like this one are becoming more sparse as the dry season continues and the temperature rises.

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COP21 Demonstrations in Paris
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
16 Dec 2015

Thousands of people gathered in Paris to participate in the Red Lines protest, near the Arc de Triomphe, and the D12 rally at the Champs de Mars. In a peaceful manner they demanded for Climate Justice and a fruitful agreement at COP 21.

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COP21 Protests 01
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

Red Lines protest in paris. In the Background the Arch of Triumph.

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COP21 Protests 02
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

Members of communities affected by climate change speak out against abuse of the governments and the oil companies destroying their ancestral lands.

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COP21 Protests 03
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

Members of communities affected by climate change speak out against abuse of the governments and the oil companies destroying their ancestral lands.

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COP21 Protests 04
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

Members of organizations conduct demonstrations in front of the media at the protest 'Red Lines'.

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COP21 Protests 05
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

Members of organizations conduct demonstrations in front of the media at the protest 'Red Lines'.

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COP21 Protests 07
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

Members of the Global Alliance for Incineration Alternatives (GAIA) pose for a photo at the Eiffel Tower.

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COP21 Protests 08
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

Thousands of people form a S.O.S. Champs de Mars, Paris. In the background, Eiffel Tower.

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COP21 Protests 09
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

Activist makes a protest, which simulates eat dollars.

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COP21 Protests 10
Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

A person raises his hands after protest 'D12' in Champs de Mars, Paris.

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Paris, France
By Bruno Giambelluca
12 Dec 2015

Thousands of people form a S.O.S. Champs de Mars, Paris. In the background, Eiffel Tower.

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Activists Engage with Humor During CO...
Le Bourget, Paris
By Bruno Giambelluca
07 Dec 2015

Protest of youth movements inside the blue zone of the COP21 in Le Bourget, a suburb of Paris.

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Activists Protest Inside the COP 21 i...
Le Bourget, Paris
By Bruno Giambelluca
07 Dec 2015

Activist inside the Blue Zone of the COP21 in Le Bourget, a Paris suburb, protest to demand the governments to include Climate Justice in the deal.

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Global Climate March - Madrid, Spain ...
Madrid
By Daniel Stemler
29 Nov 2015

Thousands of protesters marched through the center of Madrid (Spain) during the Global Climate March on Sunday. The protest aimed to draw attention to climate change and force world leaders to implement serious actions against climate change on the '2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference' (COP21) in Paris.
In Spain, the protests were organized by Alliance for the Climate, a coalition of more than 400 organizations including Greenpeace. The coalition organized several climate change marches in different Spanish cities. Apart from Madrid, there were protests in Barcelona, Valencia, Bilbao, Zaragoza, Valladolid, A Coruña, Pamplona, Murcia etc.
Worldwild there were more than 2000 Climate Marches on 29 November.

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Activists Protest in Paris During COP...
Paris
By Bruno Giambelluca
29 Nov 2015

Activists from all Paris and the world gathered near Place de la Republique on November 29, 2015, to show their support to a global climate deal during the COP21 Summit. Thousands of people formed a human chain.

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Dead Sea
Dead Sea
By Ralf Falbe
09 May 2015

Salty crust of the Dead Sea on the Israel-Jordan border. Due to climate change the Dead Sea is shrinking every year.

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Fleeing Nature 3
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
13 Apr 2015

Mohammad Razzaque Miah sleeps inside his temporary tent in Mymensing. He migrated from Kurigram to Mymensing after losing his house in a flood.

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Fleeing Nature: Bangladesh's Climate ...
Dhaka
By Anik Rahman
31 Mar 2015

Sept-Oct, 2014

Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a country of rivers and waterways on which large swaths of its population live. River bank erosion and flooding are common and continuous process due to global warming and rising sea levels. This continuous natural hazard is destroying homes and livelihoods and turning millions of Bangladeshis into homeless climate refugees.

The factors controlling river and stream formation are complex and interrelated. These factors include the amount and rate of water supply from rain and upstream activity, sediment deposited into the stream systems, catchment geology, and the type and extent of vegetation in the catchment. As these factors change over time, river systems respond by altering their shape and course. Unpredictable weather patterns also make flooding a common problem as the course of the rivers shift.

As a result of riverbank erosion and flooding, millions of people are losing their homes and fertile land every year. Most people who lose their homes or land become climate refugees, often pouring into the country’s overpopulated cities penniless and looking for new opportunities.  However, due to overpopulation, migrating climate refugees often arrive in the cities only to find themselves scrounging for food, work and accommodation. Thus, Bangladesh’s most vulnerable citizens are losing their battle against nature and are only made poorer and more desperate.  

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Sinking States: Climate Change and th...
By Gemima Harvey
31 Jan 2015

The Pacific Islands are on the front lines of climate change, their shores nibbled away by a swollen tideline. This article explores the perils associated with a warming planet, using the Pacific region as a case study, drawing on the latest UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change reports. It also addresses Australia's apparent disregard of the need to look toward renewable energy sources and examines the concept of 'climate refugees'.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
19 Nov 2014

A homeless climate refugee sleeps in a park at Dhaka. The Bangladeshi capital is one of the most densely populated cities on earth. One of the major contributing factors to this swell in population is the mass migration of people from the impoverished countryside into the city. Many of those leaving the countryside fled after losing homes, crops, and livelihoods to natural catastrophes.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
11 Oct 2014

Mohammad Rashid Miah cut down all of the trees around his house on Alexander Island, in Laxmipur. Having already lost his house to the river, Mr. Miah is salvaging his trees in order to sell them and save enough money to move to Dhaka.

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Fleeing Nature 8
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
11 Oct 2014

Rubel stands in front of his uprooted coconut trees on Alexander Island, in Laxmipur. After loosing his cow to river bank erosion, these coconut trees were his last source of livelihood. However, these trees have now also fallen victim to the river.

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Fleeing Nature 12
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
11 Oct 2014

Rabeya Khatun mourns her lost husband and son on Alexander Island, in Laxmipur. Her husband and son lost their lives when their house was swallowed by the river as they slept. Rabeya was at her mother's house when the incident occurred and thus survived.

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Fleeing Nature 13
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
11 Oct 2014

Mohammad Ikram stands in front of the Meghna river, near Alexander Island, in Laxmipur. He has seen his neighbors migrating and even dying because of water related disasters. Despite strong signals that it is best to leave the area, he does not know what to do because his land is all he has.

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Fleeing Nature 2
Dhaka, Bangladesh
By Anik Rahman
03 Oct 2014

Sadarghat Launch Terminal, situated on the bank of the river Buriganga in Dhaka, is one of the busiest places in Bangladesh. Most people migrating from the countryside pass through this port to migrate to Dhaka. Many of those migrating are climate refugees.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

Jogodish Borua, 65, lost his land and his house to river erosion.

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Dhaka, Bangladesh
By zakir hossain chowdhury
09 Sep 2014

Abdul Aziz, who lost his home to erosion along the banks of the river, takes a bath in the Padma.