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

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.


Matterhorn, one of Europe's tallest peaks, located in the Alps on the border between Italy and Switzerland, is eroding as a result of melting glacier water at the summit. The shrinkage of the snow mass is also obvious in these photos taken in 1960 and 2005.

MatterhornSource and image: www.greenpeace.org.au

Whitby, northern England, was once a busy fishing town that was packed with boats, fish-sellers, and tourists. The port is now quiet, flanked by empty pots, nets, and dried-out fishing boats as climate change has pushed fish stocks northward.

WhitbySource and image: www.businessinsider.com


Myrdalsjökull, Iceland's fourth largest ice cap, is seen on the left in 1986 and on the right in 2014. The ice cap covers the Katla volcano and has been shrinking due to global warming and geothermal heat.

MyrdalsjökullSource and image: www.dailymail.co.uk

A hillside of dead pine trees killed by Mountain Pine Beetles shows the effects of warming temperatures in the Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. In the past, freezing temperatures reduced insect populations but now the beetles are able to survive the milder winters.

Rocky Mountain National ParkSource and image: www.businessinsider.com


Located on the Arizona-Utah border, the Lake Powell has been drying up due to prolonged drought coupled with water with-drawls.

Lake PowellSource and image: www.dailymail.co.uk

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