Vlad Sokhin - Tebunginako village, Abaiang Atoll, South Tarawa, Kiribati. January 30, 2016. Tabomatang, 8, swims in muddy water during high tide.Kiribati is one of the countries most affected by rising sea levels. During high tides, villages get inundated and thus become uninhabitable. The government says Tebunginako is a “barometer for what Kiribati can expect in the future”. Since the 1970s, rising sea levels and erosion have caused a major part of the village to become abandoned.
Katharina Hesse - Manila, Philippines. April 3, 2007. Workers wade through rubble in a slum after a fire. The consequences of climate change is likely to increase the occurrence of extreme weather conditions, greatly impacting slums like these. It is predicted that approximately 1.4 billion will live in slums by 2020, according to a UN Global report on Human Settlements. Slums are characterized by inadequate and insecure living conditions that generate hazards, and the country itself ranks 12th among the 200 countries most at risk for tropical cyclones, earthquakes and floods according to the 2009 Mortality Risk Index of the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction.
Ed Kashi - Port Harcourt, Nigeria. May 28, 2006. Paulinous Uko, 14, carries a goat through burning tyres at the Trans Amadi Slaughter, the largest abattoir in the Niger Delta. Oil and gas exploitation has had many ramifications on the community, one of them being within the food industry.Fish was the traditional source of protein for locals, but after the soiling of fisheries, Niger Deltans turned to meat and produced slaughterhouses with practices that are inefficient for the environment and dangerous for workers.
Mauricio Susin - Salvador, Brazil. February 13, 2016. More than six thousand armed forces personnel and public health officials launched a series of actions to fight the mosquito Aedes aegypti which may cause Zika, Dengue and Chikungunya. Due to climate change, Zika could soon enjoy a greater reach. Aedes mosquitos have been more widely distributed than ever before and the warming of their environment makes them bite more, breed more and therefore spread more disease.
Georgina Goodwin - Olkiramatian, Kenya. January 10, 2015. Masai Serem, 20, checks the soil moisture while his cattle drink. Climate change and the associated adverse impacts have meant that annual rains are no longer guaranteed in areas like this, exacerbating the long-term damage already caused by the high human and livestock demands on Kenya’s environment.
Probal Rasid - Satkhira, Bangladesh. August 29, 2015. Md. Abdullah, 15, of Munsiganj, Satkhira is being carried to hospital as a diarrhea patient. Waterborne diseases are very common in these coastal areas as the inhabitants have a lack of pure drinking water. Cyclones, storm surges and sea levels rising put approximately 63 million children in social and physical vulnerability in Bangladesh. Physical vulnerability may include death, injury, diseases, physical abuse, chronic malnutrition and forced labor. Social vulnerability may include loss of parents and family, internal displacement, risk of being trafficked, loss of property and assets, and lack of educational opportunities.