Photograph by George Steinmetz @geosteinmetz
I took this photograph of a flaring exploration platform in The North Sea in 1988 on my first assignment for @natgeo magazine. By strange coincidence, that was the same summer that James Hansen testified before the U.S. Congress that “a warming trend had been detected with 99% confidence”, and the scientific facts of climate change became widely accepted. Since that time, our collective inaction has led to the fastest temperature rise that our planet has ever experienced. I spent the last year documenting the effects of #climatechange with low altitude aerial photos all seven continents. Follow @geosteinmetz to see what I found.