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Nature's Role


The natural world and its ecosystems is a major, cost-effective ally in the goal of a climate stable world. Creative management of nature - from forests, rivers and wetlands to oceans and drylands – helps boost food security, cleaner air and biodiversity while reducing the vulnerability of people to climate change.

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The UNFCCC Newsroom is featuring a climate photo of the week. If you have cool photos of high quality that you might want us to feature please e-mail newsroom@unfccc.int with a caption, date and place where the photo was taken plus any copyright restrictions.

Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey through Our Endangered Polar Regions

This week's climate photo is one of a series of photos taken by photographer Camille Seaman and is featured in her book Melting Away: A Ten-Year Journey through Our Endangered Polar Regions published by Princeton Architectural Press.

Camilles project started partly by chance as she received a free ticket to visit Alaska in 1999. When she was there she realized for the first time that she was "standing on [her] rock in space" that she was part of the planet. Although she had not learned about climate change until then, she quickly saw its effects: "Every year, going back to some of the same spots, I started to see very dramatic change," she says. "I just couldn't believe it was happening literally right before my eyes, so quickly."

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