11 Jaw-Dropping Images Of Our Warming Planet

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The Victorian side of Lake Hume at 4%

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Polar bears sit atop melting mounds of Arctic ice, levels of which have been dwindling at an alarming rate over the past decade.

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A town is completely submerged by flooding in the islands surrounding Panama in September, 2012.

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The widespread drought in Somalia was declared the worst humanitarian crisis in the world by the U.N. in 2011.

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Many scientists think climate change made this summer’s devastating wildfires in Colorado worse.

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Unusually high tides and heavy rains resulted in more than 59% of Venice becoming flooded this month.

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The Blanco River near the city of Blanco in Blanco County, Texas during the big drought of 2011.

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Climate change makes all kinds of extreme storms worse, like the unusual snowfall that buried parts of New York under 4 feet of snow in February 2012.

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Scientists say climate change is putting storms like Superstorm Sandy on steroids.

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Tourists wear face masks to help navigate the smoke caused by forest fires outside of Moscow in 2010. Russia saw the most extreme heatwave it had seen in over 130 years that summer.

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Dozens of cars float in flood waters in Wangaratta, Australia after devastating flooding took over the Eastern part of the continent in 2010.

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