25 Powerful Before-and-After Photos Of Our Changing Environment Everyone Needs To See

Posted by , Updated on May 25, 2016


Though there is a major debate as to its cause and its implications, the fact is our environment is changing. The most recognizable changes can be found in our polar ice caps, though here there is debate as well. Some reports state that ice is melting at an alarming rate while other reports claim that instead of losing ice we are actually gaining ice. Lose or gain, an environmental change is still present. Though some changes in the environment can be attributed to natural things such as climate and other natural phenomenons, others are directly and undeniably linked to human influence such as the deforestation of natural habitats and the contamination of certain bodies of water. This would probably not be a big issue if it was at a reasonable scale, but some of these environmental changes are so devastating that they affect the lives of not just humans, but animals (some of which are already endangered). With an issue so full of controversy and contention, it’s definitely a see-it-to-believe-it scenario, so today we are going to show you 25 Powerful Before-and-After Photos Of Our Changing Environment Everyone Needs To See. With a little awareness, we might just be able to do something about our impact.


In just three years between 2011 (left) and 2014 (right), Lake Oroville in Oroville, California, dwindled drastically due to exceptional draughts.

Lake OrovilleSource and image: wittyfeed.com

In 2000 (left), the Aral Sea had already shrunk to a fraction of its 1960 extent (black line). Further irrigation and dry conditions in 2014 (right) caused the sea's eastern lobe to completely dry up for the first time in 600 years.

Aral SeaSource and image: news.nationalgeographic.com

These satellite images show the shrinking Mar Chiquita in Argentina. Mar Chiquita is one of the largest natural saline lakes in the world, but it has been shrinking due to irrigation and drought.

Mar ChiquitaSource and image: www.dailymail.co.uk

Ocean acidification and temperature increases from climate change have been significantly contributing to bleaching of the Great Barrier Reef. These two pictures are just 12 years apart (2002 and 2014).

Great Barrier ReefSource and image: usuncut.com

In these photos taken in 1980 (left) and 2012 (right), we clearly see how much the ice masses in the Arctic dwindled. Scientists estimate that the Arctic would have entirely ice-free summers by 2040.

Arctic glacierSource and image: wittyfeed.com

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