Dramatic NatGeo photos show how climate change is transforming the world

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The effects of climate change are already visible in communities across the world.

Prolonged droughts are zapping fields dry from Texas to Tanzania. Powerful storms are flooding homes from North Carolina to Nepal. At the farthest ends of the planet, glaciers are melting and habitats are vanishing.

Amid such disruption, a global band of photographers has managed to turn these concerning realities into a collection of stunning scenes from their own backyards.

National Geographic this fall tasked its online photo community, called Your Shot, with submitting photographs on the theme of human-caused climate change.  Read more…

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Drought-fueled wildfire ‘apocalypse’ hits Tennessee

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Strong winds fanned flames from a large wildfire in eastern Tennessee on Monday, damaging a large number of structures in picturesque Gatlinburg, and prompting widespread evacuations.

The Chimney Top Fire is part of a broader outbreak of blazes burning across the Southeast amid unusually mild and dry conditions during what will be one of the top 5 warmest years in U.S. history, and the hottest year globally. 

The high winds that hit on Monday, and are continuing in some areas on Tuesday, dramatically escalated the risk of unpredictable and extreme fire behavior. The fire’s advance on Gatlinburg and other areas caught thousands off-guard, according to the National Park Service.  Read more…

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