Images From a Warming Planet by Ashley Cooper

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I have spent the last thirteen years traveling to every continent on the planet to document the impacts of climate change and in that time have probably witnessed more of its impacts than anyone else.

What I have seen is truly shocking. I passionately believe that climate change is the biggest threat that humanity has ever faced.

My book, Images From a Warming Planet, is a wakeup call to show how climate change is already impacting all around the world. This high quality art photographic book will include over 500 images, from every continent. The cloth bound hard back book will be blind de-bossed with full colour interior and dust jacket with a foreword by Jonathon Porritt.

A male Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus) that starved to death as a consequence of climate change. This male Polar Bear was last tracked by the Norwegian Polar Institute in April 2013 in southern Svalbard. Polar bears need sea ice to hunt their main prey, seals. Western fjords of Svalbard which normally freeze in winter, remained ice free all season during the winter of 2012 / 13, one of the worst on record for sea ice around the island archipelago. This bear headed hundreds of miles north, looking for suitable sea ice to hunt on, finding no suitable sea ice, finally exhausted, it collapsed and died. The future for Polar Bear looks bleak in a climate changing world. Recent scientific studies show that Polar Bear are getting thinner and weighing less due primarily to less time to hunt in the winter and a longer fasting period in summer. Without sea ice, they will no doubt all starve to death.

Images from a Warming Planet is an art photographic book that comes from the heart. The photographic book documents the causes of climate change. How these changes are impacting peoples, landscapes and biodiversity around the planet.

Finally what we can do to mitigate the worst excesses of climate change and prevent it from happening. I truly believe that this book will play a real and significant role in alerting people to the dangers posed and motivate action.

Where has all the water gone. Lake Hume is the largest reservoir in Australia and was set up to provide irrigation water for farms further down the Murray Basin and drinking water for Adelaide. On the day this photograph was taken it was at 19.6% capacity. By the end of the summer of 2009 it dropped to 2.1 % capacity. Such impacts of the drought are likely to worsen as a result of climate change. The last time the water was anywhere near this road bridge was 10 years ago, rendering this no fishing sign, somewhat redundant.

Some of the images in the book are shocking, but I have always strived to create original, dramatic and stunning images, which collectively lends a high end art photographic feel to the book.

If the appeal exceeds its target, I will be able to extend the print run of the book from its current 3,000 run and reach a wider audience.

Risks and challenges

All the images for the book are ready to go. The initial art design work for the book has been completed. All that remains is for the designer to prepare all the artwork to print ready and then it can go straight off to the print house. To this extent, I see very little in the way of challenges, once the money has been raised.

Part of the Tehachapi Pass wind farm, California, the first large scale wind farm area developed in the USA.
Emissions from the Tata steel works in Ijmuiden, Netherlands. Steel production is extremely carbon intensive, using vast quantities of coal.

If you could support this campaign by donating I would be truly grateful, no sum is too small. In addition if you could spread the message to family and friends who may be interested and share on social media, that would be fantastic. To support please go to

www.kickstarter.com/projects/warmingplanet/images-from-a-warming-planet

The campaign runs for just 30 days until 30th June 2016. People’s pledged money will only be taken If the target of £50,000 is reached.


Thanks for considering supporting this. My hope is that this project may prevent more people suffering the future horrendous consequences of climate change.

 

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Ken Billington

Mars: the notion that Mars is warming came from an unfortunate conflation of weather and climate. Based on two pictures taken 22 years apart, assumptions were made that have not proved to be reliable. There is currently no evidence to support claims that Mars is warming at all. More on Mars… Jupiter: the notion that Jupiter is warming is actually based on predictions, since no warming has actually been observed. Climate models predict temperature increases along the equator and cooling at the poles. It is believed these changes will be catalysed by storms that merge into one super-storm, inhibiting the… Read more »

David Pearce

If any one cares to notes that it's not just earth that is warming..all the planets in our solar system are warming. And on earth it it seems the poles are warming from beneath the surface of the oceans, melting of the ice raising the temperature of the oceans causing climate to change. These are facts that can be investigated if one wants to.

Delbert Smith

I also think you need to look at the temps here in South Africa today. Verk koud, 8C

Delbert Smith

The planet is an evolving creature, Alaska was once tropical. The Delta of the lower Mississippi river was once under water. even as a kid in the 1960 I could see the earth had changed. Colorad0 and Montana have fossils at higher elevations, I could also see how the continents fit together, yet even my first grade teacher and a geologist for the Colorado schoo; of mine did not.
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The earth will change and mankind can do nothing about it. look at how the solar system is hurling through space.