Since its invention, people have used photography to do, record and communicate science. This is more important than ever as we face the challenges of climate change.
Every year the Royal Photographic Society celebrates science photography through the Science Photographer of the Year competition. For the first time, in partnership with Manchester Science Festival, they have included a climate category. The competition received more than 1,200 photographs from enthusiasts and professionals.
The photographs explore the science that underpins our world. They show the terrible effects of climate change and how we are working to reverse them.
Causes and Effects
From factories to farming, planes to power stations, for hundreds of years human activity has been changing Earth's climate. People and animals are now suffering the effects across the world.
Some places no longer get enough rain and are becoming dry and barren. Others are suffering from flooding. As the polar ice caps and glaciers heat and melt, other parts of the world are getting colder.
Our modern way of living has caused the damage. Now the effects are being felt all over the world. The photographs bring the causes and effects together.
Understanding our World
Science helps us to understand our world, from the basic building blocks to the bigger picture.
To tackle climate change, we first have to know why it is happening and how possible solutions might work.
Photography is an important part of the scientific process. It can be used to perform experiments and document observations. Photographs are crucial to communicating the process and results so others can understand it too.
Spreading scientific ideas is vital if we are to understand and combat climate change.
Hope for the Future
We need to act now to limit the damage to our planet and its climate.
Science has taken up the challenge with innovative approaches. We can now turn wind and sunlight into power instead of burning coal, oil and gas.
Scientists are exploring ways to reduce our impact by planting trees to capture carbon dioxide. They are working to help us live on our damaged planet through flood defences and weather warning systems.
Understanding the science has enabled us to call for change and hold governments and companies to account. But we can make a difference as individuals too.
Sustainability and the Science Museum Group
From solar farms to special exhibitions, find out more about the Science Museum Group's journey to decarbonisation and how our group of museums are engaging audiences with climate science.