Snow-free images of Arctic polar bears show the harsh reality of climate change

December 29, 2016 by  
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When Patty Waymire headed to Barter Island, Alaska a few months ago, she expected to take lots of photographs of polar bears frolicking in freshly fallen snow. However, once the photographer arrived at her destination, a stark reality became evident. Not only was there no snow for frolicking, but there was no ice to be seen either. The typically snow-covered island was warm and dry, and the water’s edge was met with sandy beaches rather than icy ground. Waymire took photos anyway, capturing still frames of the ever-unfolding saga that pits climate change against the survival of one of the Earth’s most majestic creatures. One of Waymire ’s images—aptly entitled “No Snow, No Ice” (above)—shows a lone polar bear perched at the edge of a brown, sandy shoal which should have been white with snow at that time of the year. That startling photograph won an honorable mention in the 2016 National Geographic Photographer of the Year contest in the Environmental Issues category. Monica Corcoran, director of the photography contest, noted that the polar bear appears to be “in a meditative Buddha stance” which contributes to the image’s impact. Related: Photo of frail polar bear illuminates the tragedy unfolding in the Arctic Alaska’s Barter Island is situated off the state’s northern coast in the Arctic. The relatively small island has served as a major trading hub and was also home to a large whaling village prior to 1900. All the while, polar bears have roamed the island’s icy shores doing what polar bears do: hunting prey, raising young, and just living. In early October, at the time of Waymire’s visit, the island would normally have been covered in snow, according to locals. However, unusually warm weather all year has ushered in a less-than-impressive autumn and winter, and the resulting scene of fluffy white polar bears cast against drab brown dirt inspired the California-based photographer to show the world what climate change really looks like. In a series of 33 images , Waymire documented several Barter Island polar bears, including some young cubs, both on land and in the water. Without a date stamp, one might think the photographs were captured in the midst of the warmest summer months, because there is not a single snowflake or ice crystal visible in any of the images. But, since we know the photos are from October, we must accept the sad reality that they represent: an ever-changing climate in which even the coldest climes are not exempt from global warming. For now, the Barter Island polar bears are surviving, but with the growing impact of climate change on their habitat and food sources, it’s only a matter of time before they disappear just like the snow. + Patty Waymire Photography Images via Patty Waymire

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Atkins CIWEM announces 2015 Environmental Photographer of the Year winners

July 3, 2015 by  
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Photographer & mom of 14 makes special needs kids feel like superheroes in her Superhero Project

May 31, 2015 by  
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Photographer Renee Bergeron is a superhero, being the mother of 14 children. She began, as many parents do, capturing her own children in photos. Her son Apollo, who was born with a double aortic arch and who has bravely endured multiple surgeries and medical setbacks, fancies himself a superhero, so naturally, Bergeron snapped photos of him donning his cape. Apollo enjoyed the photos so much that Bergeron realized she needed to capture more images of pint-sized superheroes with special needs. Thus was born her Superhero Project , in which the photographer offers her services at no charge to families of special children who need a little extra encouragement to feel super. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: childrens photography , portraits of special needs children , renee bergeron , special needs children , superhero project

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Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of round-the-world flight

May 31, 2015 by  
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Solar Impulse 2 , the solar-powered aircraft with room for only one person, lifted off from China at 2:39am local time May 31, beginning the five-day journey across the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. This news comes three weeks after the original departure date , which was pushed back repeatedly as dangerous storms threatened the flightplan and the pilot’s safety. This is the seventh leg of the round-the-world journey for this experimental aircraft, which uses zero fossil fuels. The adventure began in Abu Dhabi on March 9, and is expected to culminate after twelve individual flights bring the Si2 back to its starting point, setting a number of world records along the way. Read the rest of Sun-powered Solar Impulse begins longest, most dangerous leg of round-the-world flight Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Andre Borschberg , bertrand piccard , round-the-world flight , si2 , solar impulse , solar powered aircraft , solar powered airplane , solar powered plane , Zero energy , zero fossil fuels

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9-Year-Old Spanish Boy Wins Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award

November 2, 2014 by  
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London’s National History Museum just announced the winner of the 2014 Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year–and the title-winning photographer hasn’t even hit the double digits yet. Nine-year-old Carlos Perez Naval from Spain wowed the judges with his extraordinary nature shots taken from around the world. From macro close-ups to bugs to closely cropped shots of exotic big cats, Naval started snapping away at age four while on trips with his world-traveling parents and he hasn’t stopped honing his craft since. Click on the link to see his breathtaking photographs. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , carlos perez naval , national history museum , Photography , young wildlife photography of the year

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See Astonishing Photos of Iceland’s Largest Volcanic Eruption Since 1875

September 10, 2014 by  
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Rugged Corten Steel Clads Minimalist ‘House for a Photographer’ in South Wales

March 26, 2014 by  
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Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions

March 26, 2014 by  
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Many people are still reeling after the Copenhagen Zoo euthanized Marius the giraffe . Now the same zoo is in the public eye again for killing four more animals – this time a group of lions. On Monday, the zoo decided to put down two elderly adult lions and two cubs in order to make room for a new male lion. According to the zoo, the move was necessary because they were unable to find a new home for the lions and the incoming lion would have killed the cubs. Read the rest of Danish Zoo that Killed Giraffe Puts Down Four Lions Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: animal issues , copenhagen zoo , Copenhagen Zoo giraffe , Copenhagen Zoo lions , Danish Copenhagen zoo , Danish Zoo , Danish zoo kills giraffe , Danish zoo kills lions , European zoos , euthanizing animals , giraffe euthanasia , lions euthanasia , lions killed , Marius the Giraffe , Marius the giraffe killed , zoo animals , zoo euthanasia , zoo issues , zoo kills giraffe , zoo kills lions , zoo problems        

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Andrew Chase’s Spectacular Steampunk Sculptures Are Crafted from Recycled Metal

June 7, 2012 by  
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Andrew Chase works with painstaking detail to create his remarkable  steampunk sculptures — an impressive collection of animal-in spired artworks made from reclaimed steel sheets, car parts, industrial equipment, and more. Each sculpture takes Chase between 80 and 120 hours to complete, and they can be adjusted into different postions. His cheetah sculpture, seen above, has been sculpted from electrical insulation fittings, parts of a car transmission, and another 20 pieces of steel. Surprisingly, it only weights about 40 pounds! + Andrew Chase The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: andrew chase , andrew chase sculptor , animal sculptures , eco sculpture , metal sculptures , photographer , recycled material sculptures , steampunk design , steampunk sculpture

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European Wildlife Photographer of the Year’s Ghostly Photos of Disappearing Species

January 1, 2011 by  
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“Ghostly Cheetah” by Britta Jaschinski While runners-up came eye-to-eye with a baby sea turtle or captured a crystal-clear picture of a bird scooping up a fish for dinner, the winning image in the GDT European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010 contest was neither close-up or sharp. Instead, it was a dark, atmospheric portrait highlighting the vulnerability of the

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