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Picturing climate change

Ahead of the global climate talks in December 2009, nine photographers from the photo agency NOOR photographed climate stories from around the world. Their goal: to document some of the causes and consequences, from deforestation to changing sea levels, as well as the people whose lives and jobs are part of that carbon culture.

Image: A special machine built to extract brown coal in Poland.
Consequences by NOOR

Coal dependence darkens skies of Poland

  Poland is the second-largest coal producer and consumer in all of Europe and consequently one of the most polluted and polluting countries.

Refugees flee drought, war in East Africa

  The Horn of Africa's so-called climate refugees have been forced to leave their homes after several months of severe drought.

Image: Refugee in East Africa
Jan Grarup / NOOR
Greenland’s shrinking ice hurts natives

  The Inuit, who survived for centuries by hunting seals and whales, are watching their way of life disappear.

Image: Dead white fox hanging on a hook
Stanley Greene / NOOR
Image: Deforestation in Brazil
Kadir van Lohuizen / NOOR

Brazil's rain forest

  The rain forests of the Brazilian Amazon, the most biologically diverse place on Earth, are shrinking by tens of thousands of square kilometers a year.

Image: Wildfire in British Columbia
Nina Berman / NOOR

Canada’s pine beetles

  Across British Columbia, 36 million acres of pine forest is dead or dying. The killer is a beetle the size of a rice kernel.

Image: Coalfields of Jharia
Philip Blenkinsop / NOOR

India’s coal fires

  Under Jharia’s soil lies one of the largest coal deposits in India. But for the people who live above an inferno, Jharia is a condemned place.

Image: Canada's oil sands
Jon Lowenstein / NOOR

Canada’s oil sands

  The oil sands of Alberta, Canada, represent the second-largest source of crude oil in the world, behind Saudi Arabia, but mining it comes at a cost.

Yamal, Russia. October, 2009
Yuri Kozyrev / NOOR

Russian herders' woes

  The Nenet have herded their domesticated reindeer to summer pastures above the Arctic Circle. Their lifestyle is now threatened.

Image: Maldives
Francesco Zizola / NOOR

Maldives’ rising oceans

  The Maldives, the lowest-lying nation on Earth, is at risk of disappearing from the world map, scientists say.