IMAGES: Where the Heat Is On

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Science  21 Jun 2002:
Vol. 296, Issue 5576, pp. 2107
DOI: 10.1126/science.296.5576.2107d

Expressed in figures such as average temperature increase per decade, global warming sounds remote and unthreatening. The online gallery World View of Global Warming aims to make climate change real and immediate by documenting effects we can see and measure today. The site builds on a photo exhibit begun 3 years ago by photographer Gary Braasch of Nehalem, Oregon. Braasch collected examples of environmental shifts that range from disappearing toads in Costa Rica to melting permafrost in Alaska to surging sea levels in Siberia. The most dramatic shots involve swiftly melting ice. The Ururashraju glacier in Peru, for example, recoiled 500 meters between 1986 and 1999. In Antarctica, the Müller Ice Shelf has begun to shrink and crumble after expanding for the last 400 years. Each case, Braasch says in the introduction, comes from peer-reviewed, published studies.

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