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2017 IN PHOTOS: CAPTURING THE CAUSES AND IMPACTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE...

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A dance troop marches by Shell’s Norco refinery during Norco, Louisiana’s Christmas Parade. All images © Julie Dermansky

The year 2017 was, in many ways, stormy. It brought more storms super-sized due to global warming and more people, including scientists, taking to the streets in response to the political climate...

This year for DeSmog I continued documenting a range of issues related to climate change, from extreme weather enhanced by it to the expanding industrial landscape contributing to it. 

This year I shot the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, a storm researchers have shown was intensified by climate change, and the protests of people determined to protect the environment — a renewed movement kicked off with the Women's March in Washington, D.C., following Trump’s inauguration. 

In the mix I captured moments in the battle against Energy Transfer Partners’ Bayou Bridge pipeline, which only last week secured its last permit before construction can begin in Louisiana, and events in the ongoing struggle for clean air in the communities of Louisiana’s Cancer Alley. 

I’ve included photos taken in West Virginia and Ohio of coal power plants, a visual reminder of the need to transition to clean energy and the people living in the shadow of an industry in decline, despite President Trump’s promise to revive it. Also in the mix you’ll find documentation of the slow recovery for victims of last year’s record-breaking floods in Louisiana.

In December thousands of scientists descended on New Orleans for the world’s largest annual gathering of Earth and planetary scientists. While walking the halls of the convention center, I wondered if anyone had invited Louisiana’s Democratic governor, John Bel Edwards, who has stated that he is unsure of humankind's role in climate change. At the conference, the researchers presenting their work made it clear to me that the debate over climate change has long since passed. For those who accept science, the debate has shifted to climate solutions. 

With a president and administration packed with climate deniers doubling down attacks against science, it was no wonder scientists themselves left their labs and took to the streets of Washington, D.C., this April to defend and celebrate the method and people exploring and explaining our world. And little surprise that we would see the largest ever march for climate action shortly thereafter. 

I look forward to contributing more photos and stories in 2018 here at DeSmog, an outlet that continually debunks misinformation on environmental issues. This mission feels more vital than ever for those who care about the preservation of the planet as we know it. 

Protest sign reading 'Climate change is real. Read a book' at Donald Trump's inauguration
Washington, D.C. January 20, 2017. Protester with DisruptJ20 holds a sign in support of climate science at a demonstration near the National Mall during the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States.

Woman holding 'Save the EPA. There's no planet B' sign at Women's March
One woman's sign calls to “Save the EPA” during a rally before the Women’s March on Washington the day after Trump's inauguration.

Full room of attendees at a public meeting for a permit hearing for Bayou Bridge pipeline
It was a full house at a permit hearing for the Bayou Bridge pipeline on January 12, 2017 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. 

Former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu testifying on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners at a Bayou Bridge pipeline permit hearing
Former U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu, who testified on behalf of Energy Transfer Partners, was booed and heckled at a Bayou Bridge pipeline permit hearing. Someone from the crowd yelled: “You’re a traitor!” Another shouted: “You used to work for us.”

A resident of St. Joseph, Louisiana fills a glass with discolored water from his tap
St. Joseph, Louisiana, resident Lee Richardson gets discolored water from his tap, which tested positive for lead. 

A St. Joseph, Louisiana resident with her washing machine full of discolored water
St. Joseph resident Rudy Shorts fills her washing machine to see if the water is usable and opts not to use it, waiting for the contaminated municipal pipes to be replaced. 

Environmental scientist Wilma Subra speaks in St. Joseph, Louisiana
Environmental scientist Wilma Subra speaking during the ground-breaking ceremony for St. Joseph’s new water system on March 6. Gov. John Bel Edwards also spoke, celebrating the project, but explaining that there isn’t enough money to fix all the water systems in Louisiana that need to be updated.

Sen. Bill Cassidy speaking at a town hall in Louisiana
Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy at a town hall in Metairie, Louisiana, where he misspoke about the major contributors to global warming.

Denka Performance Elastomer factory in LaPlace, Louisiana
Denka Performance Elastomer factory in LaPlace, Louisiana, where the EPA has issued a warning call about toxic chloroprene emissions in the air. 

Bayou Bridge pipeline protesters march with signs
Opponents of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, a project proposed by Energy Transfer Partners that would be the tail end of the Dakota Access network, walk toward the entrance of Louisiana’s environmental permit hearing on February 8.

Retired Major General James 'Spider' Marks who has ties to a private security firm used at the Dakota Access pipeline construction site
Retired Major General James “Spider” Marks speaking at a Louisiana Department of Natural Resources public permit hearing for the Bayou Bridge pipeline in Napoleonville on February 9, 2017. Marks chairs the advisory board for TigerSwan, a private security firm employed by Energy Transfer Partners on behalf of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

A fire rages at a Phillips 66 natural gas pipeline site in Paradis, Louisiana
A fire raging on February 10, the day after an explosion at a Phillips 66 natural gas pipeline in Paradis, Louisiana.

Bill Nye the Science Guy and the March for Science
Bill Nye the Science Guy, wearing his signature bowtie, at the front of the March for Science in Washington, D.C. 

Anti-Trump, pro-science science at the March for Science
One of the many anti-Trump signs in the mix at the March for Science in Washington, D.C. 

March for Science sign reading 'Ignorance is UNAMERICAN. I stand with science.'
Sign left behind after the March for Science in Washington, D.C. on Earth Day.

Crowds marching in DC at the People's Climate March
April 30, 2017, on Trump’s 100th day in office, over 200,000 marched down Pennsylvania Avenue in the People's Climate March in Washington, D.C.  

Mustafa Ali at the People's Climate March
Mustafa Ali, the former leader of the EPA’s environmental justice office, at the Climate March in Washington D.C. 

Member of an Aztec dance group with signs from the People's Climate March in front of the EPA's office in DC
Member of the Aztec Dance Group in front of the EPA's Washington, D.C., headquarters after the Climate March in Washington, D.C 

A woman sits with a sign featuring her cat and 'Save the Earth. It's the only planet that has cats.'
Woman with a sign featuring her cat Sadie sitting on the National Mall listening to the rally after the Climate March in Washington, D.C.

Pastor Harry Joseph of St. James, Louisiana
Pastor Harry Joseph, who is part of a lawsuit challenging the permit for the Bayou Bridge pipeline, stands near oil storage tanks in St. James, close to the Mount Triumph Baptist Church.

Dean Wilson of the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper and his dog in a boat in the basin
Dean Wilson of the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper inspects the route that the Bayou Bridge pipeline is slated to follow in Louisiana’s Atchafalaya basin. 

Roseate spoonbill mother and chicks
Roseate spoonbill chicks in a nest at a bird rookery on Jefferson Island, Louisiana. Spoonbills are one of the many species found in the Atchafalaya basin. 

Ervin Coleman stands by the moldy walls of his flood-damaged house in Louisiana
Ervin Coleman, a victim of 2016’s record-breaking 1,000-year flood that hit southern Louisiana, is still struggling to recover a year later. He and his wife were still waiting for contractors to weigh in on their home’s structure before they could decide if the home was worth renovating or not. They are still living in a FEMA trailer on their property.  

Empty home with torn American flag in Denham Springs, Louisiana
An empty home in Denham Springs, Louisiana, site of 2016’s historic floods, on August 7, 2017. 

Flooded pump station in New Orleans
New Orleans’ pump stations could not keep up with rain that flooded the city in early August, shedding light on how vulnerable the city remains since being devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

New Orleans resident Shannon Rainey in front of her home
Shannon Rainey in front of her home in Gordon Plaza in New Orleans’s Upper Ninth Ward, 12 years after Hurricane Katrina.

Two girls sit in chairs on the flooded lakefront of Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain in August 2017.
Two girls sit on Lake Pontchartrain’s flooded lakefront in Mandeville, Louisiana, after winds from Harvey, downgraded to a tropical storm, pushed water into the streets on August 30, 2017.

A family of four peak out the window of a bus sent to evacuate them from Hurricane Harvey's flooding in Vidor, Texas
A family waits on a bus helping evacuees escape from Vidor, Texas, as waters continued to rise following Hurricane Harvey. 

A home in Texas flooded up to its roof after Hurricane Harvey
A home in Vidor, Texas, flooded up to its roof from Hurricane Harvey’s extreme rainfall. 

A flooded Mobil gas station in Texas after Hurricane Harvey
A Mobil gas station in Vidor, Texas, overwhelmed by Hurricane Harvey’s excessive rainfall. 

Flare at a refinery in Deerpark, Texas, restarting after Hurricane Harvey
A flare at a Deerpark, Texas, refinery as it struggles to come back online after shutting down due to Hurricane Harvey. This process generally causes spikes in local air pollution.

Flooded Motiva refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, after Hurricane Harvey
Standing water remains on the grounds of Motiva’s refinery in Port Arthur, Texas, days after Hurricane Harvey flooded the area.  

A woman examines her flooded living room in Houston after Hurricane Harvey
Inside the Purcell family’s home on the west side of Houston, Texas, on September 1, 2017. Here, Hurricane Harvey’s flooding was compounded when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers began releasing water from the Addicks Dam, which had already started to overflow. 

Environmental justice advocate Hilton Kelley and his wife Marie embrace in their flood-damaged kitchen after Hurricane Harvey
Environmental activist Hilton Kelley and his wife Marie returned to their home and business for the first time since evacuating near Port Arthur, Texas, due to Hurricane Harvey. 

Tami Thomas-Pinkney and her daughter in front of their house across from a Hurricane Harvey debris temporary dump
Tami Thomas-Pinkney with her daughter Trinity Handy on their front lawn in Port Arthur, Texas, across from one of the city’s temporary dump sites for sorting debris from Hurricane Harvey. Hilton Kelley fought to have the site shut down due to concerns the dump affecting the health of the nearby African American community. The site did eventually close earlier than expected. 

A Port Arthur, Texas, resident points to her flood-damaged walls after Hurricane Harvey
On October 13, 2017, Angela Andgelle pointing out the mold growing in her apartment in the Prince Hall housing complex in Port Arthur, Texas, which was flooded by Hurricane Harvey. 

Gavin Coal Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio
The Gavin Coal Power Plant in Cheshire, Ohio, looms over nearby homes.

A girl rides her bike past trailer homes and the John Amos coal plant in Raymond, West Virginia.
A girl rides her bike in front of trailer homes near the John Amos coal-fired power plant in Raymond, West Virginia.

Louisiana activist Cherri Foytlin with anti-Bayou Bridge pipeline signs by land she bought that is in the pipeline's path
Activist Cherri Foytlin at the entrance to her new land in Louisiana which the Bayou Bridge pipeline is slated to cross. 

Rescue boat near a fire on the Clovelly oil and gas storage platform on Lake Pontchartrain near Kenner, Louisiana.
A rescue boat at the base of an oil and gas storage platform owned by Clovelly Oil in Lake Pontchartrain. The platform was in flames after an explosion October 15, 2017 near Kenner, Louisiana. Seven crewmembers were rescued and one person is missing.

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By Julie Dermansky

Sunday, December 24, 2017 - 03:01

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