- 2021 has seen extreme weather and volcanic eruptions.
- Many people have been affected by floods, wildfires and volcanoes.
- An ancient migration from Mexico still fills the sanctuary with wonder.
2021 was another turbulent year for Earth. Earth was ravaged by floods, volcano eruptions, fires, and storms that drove people and pets from their homes.
Global lives have been affected by the worsening effects on climate change and volcanic activity, which has triggered earthquakes and eruptions. Reuters photographers captured the devastation through a series of stunning environmental images. Here’s a small selection from what they saw.
1. Volcanic eruptions in Canary Islands
As 2021 draws to an end, it appears that volcanic eruptions are occurring on the island La Palma in Canary Islands After three months of seismic activity, the silence may finally be over.. It has destroyed almost 3,000 buildings, and forced thousands to flee their homes.
2. Flash floods in Nepal
Minimum 15 people died in that year Flash floods in Nepal during June submerged homes in mud & water in NepalThis picture was taken at the time. Flooding was reported due to extreme weather that hit the country between May and October. At least 60 people were killed in flooding alone between 7 September and 7 September.
3. California Wildfires
Between January and December, there was 54,350 wildfires erupted across the US, consuming more than 2.8 million hectares.. California was among the worst-affected states. There were more than 8,600 reported fires by the end of November.
4. Locusts in hordes
East Africa is plagued by locusts. Swarms of birds migrate from the Horn of Africa to breed further South.According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO), it is. Climate change is increasing the size of these swarms, which could lead to food shortages in the region. Farmers resisted this year and harvested the insects to make animal feed.
5. Young environmentalists
Rio de Janeiros Municipal Urban Cleaning Company named Nina Gomes, four years old, its youngest Green Agent. She is responsible for collecting rubbish from the sea. Reuters reports.
6. Glacier melting
According to the International Glacier Monitoring Organization, the rate at which glaciers across the globe are melting has increased by twofold in the past 20 year. A study published in Nature in July. One effect of accelerated melt is the creation giant ice caves such as this one beneath the Jamtalferner glacier near Galtuer in Austria.
7. Migrating elephants
Scientists believe Many species are forced to migrate because of rising temperatures, changing weather patterns, and changes in vegetation due to climate change.To new habitats. This image was taken in June and shows a portion of a herd 15 wild Asian Elephants resting after walking hundreds of kilometres to their forest homes in China’s Xishuangbanna National Nature Reserve. They are headed to Kunming’s Jinning district in Yunnan province.
8. Turkey’s flash floods
In the summer of 2021, Turkey was subject to several extreme weather events. At least 70 people died in flash flooding after heavy rains.In July and august. Most of the deaths occurred in Kastamonu on the Black Sea Coast, where this photo was taken. A number of apartment buildings in Bozkurt were also destroyed by the Ezine river. At the same moment, eight people died and 10.000 hectares of land was burned. Wildfires near Marmaris, a Mediterranean tourist resort.
9. Iceland Volcanic eruptions
Nearly 80 In 2021, volcanic eruptions were documented around the world by the Smithsonian Institutes Global Volcanism Program.From the Philippines and Papua New Guinea to North America, South America, Russia, the Caribbean, Russia, Europe. March saw Iceland experience a major eruption of Mount Fagradalsfjall, located southwest of Reykjavik. It was still erupting lava in November. This is the longest eruption of volcanic activity in 50 years..
10. Mexico: Butterflies
Every year, autumn turns trees around the globe yellow and gold. Mexico’s El Rosario sanctuary has trees that change colour when millions of butterflies arrive, painting them orange. Monarch butterflies, also known as painted ladies, are also known as Monarch butterfliesTo overwinter in the USA, you can travel 4,500km from Canada. The longest possible migration by any insect. The journey takes between August and November. 2008 UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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