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32 Powerful Photos of the World Feeling the Impact of Climate Change

By Terrell Johnson
Published: September 2, 2014

While it's difficult to appreciate the dangers of Earth's changing climate for many of us in the U.S. -- especially after the winter of the "polar vortex" and a summer without any sustained heat waves so far for the eastern two-thirds of the country -- global warming is having dramatic impacts around the world.

We compiled this photo essay of some of the places where its effects can be seen most strikingly, including photos of the things that promise to lead the world away from the path of ever-rising greenhouse gas emissions.

(WATCH: Proof That It's Really Happening)

(MORE: 10 Places Where Climate Change Is Being Felt the Fastest)

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This year millions of Americans experienced either the warmest or coldest February for their locations, with records in some cases going back more than 100 years. A number of cities had their coldest average temperature for any month on record—truly stunning in a climate that’s running close to a record-high global air temperature. Meanwhile, February proved to be the warmest winter month ever documented across a huge swath of the West.

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After a very wet first half of December hopes were high that the beginning to the end of California’s years-long drought might finally be at hand. However, virtually no rainfall has fallen across the state since December 18th and none is forecast until at least January 18th. Yet again, a month-long mid-winter dry spell has befallen the state.

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By Stu Ostro
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My 9th annual edition.

2013-14 - An Interesting Winter From A to Z

By Tom Niziol
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What the 5th IPCC Assessment Doesn't Include

By Angela Fritz
September 27, 2013

Melting permafrost has the potential to release an additional 1.5 trillion tons of carbon into the atmosphere, and could increase our global average temperature by 1.5°F in addition to our day-to-day human emissions. However, this effect is not included in the IPCC report issued Friday morning, which means the estimates of how Earth's climate will change are likely on the conservative side.