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Pristine white, littered with blue.

Climate change used to be a grave risk for the future, but now many of the dangers have gone beyond prediction to become reality. The pace of our lives makes gradual changes almost unnoticeable. But stopping to look, as Timo Lieber has done with his photography project, THAW, shows the reality of melting ice.

We’ve decided to bring back the blog. It used to be super popular and with the world increasingly sailing in choppy waters, it felt like a good time to dust off the typewriter and start publishing again. We wanted to start with a blog about THAW. These pictures seem to bring a fresh, new 21st century perspective to the fact that our ice caps are melting.

This is a global, scientific problem caused by a massive population powered by fossil fuels that’s changing the planet on a geological scale.

These pictures were shot by Timo with help from some friends in the scientific community to shine a light on what has been an out of sight, out of mind acceleration in the melt rate at one of the world’s most important ice repositories.

Melting Ice Caps

Timo got these shots of the Greenland ice cap from the air where surface lakes have started forming in increasing numbers.

A landscape you’d expect to be pristine white is just littered with blue.

The ice sheet loses as much as 38,000,000,000 tonnes of ice annually: When it all melts, the cap could create a 7m global rise in sea levels which will alter the shape of our entire civilisation.

From the threat of sea levels, extremes in weather and the effect on a biosphere that provides the foundation for our own lives, it’s clear that a fast scientific solution is needed.

Greenland Melting Ice Caps
Melting Ice Caps in Greenland
Melting Polarbear habitat

What an amazing project to start off our new series of blogs on climate change and future economies. You can read more about THAW on Timo Liebers blog at Timolieber.com/thaw

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International Polar Bear Day

polar bear on melting ice

International Polar Bear Day is an event that happens on the 27th February. The aim is to raise awareness about polar bears, their conservation status and the effect that climate change has on them.

Polar bears are some of the biggest carnivores on the planet, spending most of their time in and around the icy waters of the Arctic. Seals are their main source of food, along with the occasional whale carcass, as they need to store a lot of fat for the summer months. Their incredible sense of smell allows them to be able to detect a seal up to a kilometre away and a metre below the compacted snow – how incredible is that?

With the rising temperatures and sea levels, resulting in less Arctic sea-ice, it’s very difficult for polar bears to find enough food for them and their families.

The lack of ice coverage means polar bears have to swim further and longer to find a good source of food.

In one study, a bear swam for nine consecutive days and covered almost 400 miles in search of food, losing 22% of its body mass and a cub in the process. But it’s not just the animals that are affected – The melting ice caps are causing sea levels to rise dangerously high, with many places all over the world flooding as a result.

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