On display in the Senate: Climate change, illustrated

March 11, 2014

As Senators warned Monday night of the dangers of climate change, staffers prepared images from photojournalist and Daily Climate contributor Gary Braasch to bring the issue to life.

Daily Climate staff report

The all-nighter on the Senate floor was mostly theatrics, but the backdrop was real enough.

As 28 Democrats prepared to discuss climate change and the need for stronger congressional action on the issue Monday, Senate staffers asked Portland-based photographer Gary Braasch for images showing climate change underway.

Braasch, a Daily Climate contributor who has been compiling images for his World View of Global Warming project since 1999, offered up 15 shots of glaciers retreating, seas rising and other impacts.

Three of them are pictured here. Others can be found on the project's website

Democrats have no plans to bring a climate bill to a vote this year, leading Republicans and the Capitol press to dismiss the all-night talkathon as little more than theatrics. 

But the discussion is similar to the strategy used in recent months by Republican lawmakers to call attention to issues dear to conservatives: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., used a filibuster to call attention to the Obama administration's drone policy, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, led a 21-hour marathon on Obamacare and spending before the government shutdown last fall. 

Antarctic assignment

Braasch's World View of Global Warming sprang from a 1999 photo assignment to Antarctica. Its mission, Braasch says, is to "tell the story of rapid climate change – and the actions it makes necessary – with scientifically accurate and compelling photographs."

The project's images cover the map – from Bangladesh to Tuvalu to Colstrip, Mont. They also cover a broad spectrum of science: Solar power, carbon dioxide sensing, green roofs and beyond. 

Braasch's work has been on display at museums and public events in Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; New York; London and more than 100 other cities. Photographs were on display most recently at the Boston Museum of Science from June 2013 to January 2014.

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Images © Gary Braasch and World View of Global Warming. Used with permission.

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