In his book “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming,” author and freelance journalist McKenzie Funk moves the conversation on climate change beyond whether or not it is happening to focus on people around the world who are finding ways to profit from it.
German diver and marine biologist, Rupert Krapp, of the Norwegian Polar Institute, pumps his fists in victory after surfacing with plankton samples from under the ice at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole.
Two Svalbard reindeer calves (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus), an endemic subspecies found only in the archipelago, eke out an existence in the Arctic spring, grazing on lichens and moss exposed by fierce winds.
With elaborate equipment gathered at the edge of a melt pond at 82 degrees North, 500 miles from the North Pole, a diver waits to plunge through a seal's breathing hole into 29-degree Fahrenheit water, 2.5 miles above the Arctic Ocean floor.
There is a consensus among scientists that global warming is occurring, and the increase in temperature is man-made. The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is currently preparing a new report on the topic that is expected to include strongly worded warnings to reduce the world's consumption of fossil fuels.
Missouri Botanical Garden ethnobotanist Jan Salick crosses the highest pass (5,400 m) in the Himalayas. The pass lies to the north of the Annapurna Mountain range in western Nepal, where one of her climate change research sites is located.
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The red triangles on this map represent Salick’s climate change research plots, which are located along a 2,000 km transect across the Himalayas in Nepal, Bhutan and Tibetan China.
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Missouri Botanical Garden researcher Katie Konchar examines plants in a Himalayan research plot.
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Himalayan climate change research often requires days of hiking, as well as camping in remote research sites like this one near sacred Mount Jomolhari (7,320 m) in Bhutan.
A new report from Environment Missouri presents data on U.S. federally-declared weather disasters from 2006 to 2011, and says climate change will make extreme weather events like droughts and storms more common – and more severe.
State advocate for Environment Missouri, Ted Mathys, says 2011 was a particularly bad year for extreme weather in Missouri and across the country.