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.
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.
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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