The next time you look at a world map, let your imagination fill in some of the features of the world’s coldest, driest, highest and windiest continent. Although it’s thousands of miles away, what happens there will impact literally billions of people around the globe.
This is the second of two blog posts about the impacts of climate change on a neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. Members of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy are taking a look at how sea level rise could impact a local canal.
When a glacier melts in Antarctica, oceans rise from the coasts of Florida to Bangladesh. As Arctic sea ice disappears, human communities break apart. When snow and ice diminish in the Sierra Nevada mountains, Californians lose a critical source of drinking water.
Last September, millions of you joined us for 24 Hours of Reality, when we connected the dots between the extreme weather events happening all over the world and the reality of the climate crisis…
On a beautiful 50-degree day in early January, Dr. Klaus Jacob, a professor at Columbia University, and Paul Reale, a Presenter from The Climate Reality Project, joined me in leading community members on an expedition to the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn, New York.
Bangladesh — Sea levels are rising… due to both the warming of ocean waters and the melting of ice on land. Massive ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica store enormous volumes of water in the form of ice — and in the last two decades, an increasing amount of meltwater from the ice sheets has flowed into the sea…
Ecuador — In mountainous areas, water flows from melting glaciers into rivers, lakes and reservoirs, where it is used for drinking, irrigation, and even hydropower.
Switzerland — It might not come as a surprise that the retreat of glaciers in the Alps has hurt the region’s famous ski industry. But did you know that glacial melt is also increasing the risk of certain mountain hazards?