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Gary Braasch
Photographer & Journalist
PO Box 1465
Portland, OR 97207 USA
Phone: 503.860.1228

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New Exhibition! "Climate Change in Our World" Photographs by Gary Braasch, Wilson Center, Washington, D.C.

Upon results of the recent presidential election, it is particularly crucial to keep the issue of Climate Change in front of the White House and US Capitol, in the public square of all communities, to inspire discussion, positive action for the planet and encourage us to continue to move forward, not back.

Selections from Gary Braasch’s Exhibit “Climate Change in Our World” opens shortly after the inauguration, on February 3, 2017 at the Woodrow Wilson Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, D.C The exhibit at the Wilson Center is presented and curated by Dr. Joan Rothlein, Gary’s partner in his project, World View of Global Warming. This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Karuna Foundation and sponsored by the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP). All prints are gratefully on-loan from the Gary Braasch Estate.

The exhibit, “Climate Change in Our World” premiered at the headquarters of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in DC in 2009. Some captions have been updated since the exhibit was last shown at the Museum of Science, Boston, in 2014. The prints will be augmented in the atrium of the Wilson Center by a screen digital display of 100 photographs from Braasch's project 1999 to 2013 and an exhibit brochure.

See below for additional history of this exhibit and opportunities for future exhibits.

museum of science

"Climate Change in Our World" an exhibition of large-scale color photographs available for museums and science centers after extended display in Boston, 2013-2014.

Gary Braasch's photographic exhibition "Climate Change in Our World" enjoyed an extended run at the Boston Museum of Science from June 22, 2013 through January 2, 2014. Thousands of museum visitors were engaged and educated by the photographs informed by information from scientific research, showing scientists at work collecting data, and locations ranging from the Arctic to Bangladesh and the Great Barrier Reef where climate change is already having an effect. The show's final images are of some of the actions being taken to reduce global warming pollution and limit the effects of climate change. Braasch, winner of the Ansel Adams Award, has been documenting climate change and its solutions since 1999 in his project “World View of Global Warming.”

The exhibit is visually engaging with five foot high prints whose captions carry the message that the atmosphere is warming rapidly and that hundreds of scientifically-documented effects can be seen around the planet. The images selected for the exhibit are among the most riveting and illuminating from Braasch's project. Many of them have been published in his book Earth Under Fire: How Global Warming is Changing the World published by University of California Press. The prints were augmented in the museum gallery by a large-screen digital display of 100 photographs from Braasch's project 1999 to 2012.

For more information including display requirements and rental fees, please see Association for Science and Technology Centers Exhibit Files, or call Gary Braasch Photography at 503 860-1228. Email:

“Climate Change in Our World” first was first exhibited at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Headquarters in Washington DC. At the opening of that show, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology Dr. John Holdren -- who was previously professor of environmental policy at Harvard and director of the Woods Hole Research Center -- called Braasch's work the "best example of science art and education."

Gary Braasch is an international environmental photojournalist with wide experience in reporting on and photographing natural history, science and environmental issues. He has written two books on climate change and his images and stories have been published by the United Nations, major news websites, magazines ranging from Scientific American to Vanity Fair, and as postage stamps and iPhone and iPad apps. Writer and leader of Bill McKibben has called him, “The guy who made global warming visible.”

This exhibition is designed to travel to museums and public venues, with future plans to expand and update the images and include interactive elements from the climate iPhone app "Painting With Time: Climate Change" developed by Red Hill Studios.

The exhibition of “Climate Change in Our World” at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Hq Atrium, Washington DC, ran from November 10, 2009 to April 30, 2010. The exhibit run was extended twice by the AAAS, the nation's largest scientific organization, due to public attendance and to keep the issue in the forefront in the Nation's Capitol. Extended captions for each photo were scientifically reviewed for accuracy by staff of the AAAS. This initial exhibit was made possible through grants from long-time supporters of World View of Global Warming and the Natural Resources Defense Council and AAAS. Scientists, especially the late Dr. Stephen Schneider of Stanford University, were gracious in their collaboration on the caption information.

The AAAS show included a companion traveling exhibit for kids, parents and school groups, “How We Know About Our Changing Climate,” which highlights how scientists learn about climate change, and includes inspiration from kids taking action in the films “Young Voices for the Planet.” Images in this 30-print show are from the book How We Know What We Know About Our Changing Climate: Scientists and Kids Explore Global Warming (Dawn Publications), and are designed to teach and inspire school groups and families. Environmental children's book author Lynne Cherry is co-author of the book and producer/director of the films.


Polar Thaw Climate Exhibit

American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC

"Polar Thaw" a 30-print exhibit of photographs from locations of Arctic and Antarctic climate warming, opened spring 2000 at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington DC. It has also been exhibited at the Science Museum of Minnesota, and is at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago during fall 2003

This exhibit, with detailed, informative captions, is available for display in museums, science centers, public libraries, and other funded venues. For more information, see the "Polar Thaw" information page or visit

Icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer druises Artarctic Peninsula

National Science Foundation icebreaker Nathaniel B. Palmer cruises at dusk in the Antarctic Peninsula, on a study of disintegrating ice shelves. Print from "Polar Thaw" exhibit (see below).

Caribou migration in Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

Caribou of the Porcupine Herd in the U.S. Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, during their annual migration. This herd and other large mammals are threatened by changes to arctic ecosystems due to the warmest temperatures in at least 400 years. Print from "Polar Thaw" exhibit.


POLAR THAW: Global Warming in the Arctic and Antarctic

An exhibit on early yet powerful effects of climate change in the polar regions.
Thirty large color prints, mounted, captioned, and ready to hang.
For science museums, technology centers, and other public venues.
Sponsored by Natural Resources Defense Council.
First shown at American Association for the Advancement of Science Gallery,
Washington D.C., spring 2000.

For details on how to lease this exhibit, see below and contact Gary Braasch,

Background to the exhibit and the facts of climate change at the poles.

The last years of the 20th Century were the warmest years of the past thousand, and the first years of the 21st continue a long-term trend toward a much warmer climate. Scientists report that since the mid 1970s, the average global surface temperature has increased at a rate of more than .2° C per decade.

The IPCC international science study of climate change predicts readings will be 2-6° C higher by 2100 if emissions of heat trapping industrial gases are not reduced. By comparison, the world has warmed by 5 - 9° C since the depths of the last ice age, about 18,000 years ago. The same climate models predictive of temperature rise also show the atmosphere heating faster at the poles than other places on the planet.


The polar regions have been terra incognita for scientists and the holy grail for explorers since the 16th century. Although the days of Hudson, Cook, Shackleton, Amudsen, Byrd, Nansen and Peary are gone, the quest for knowledge in these forbidding climes has not ended. New mysteries such as climate changes have drawn scientists to the high latitudes.

Photographs from the World View of Global Warming are available for license to publications needing science photography, environmental groups and agencies, and other uses. Stock photography and assignments available.

Please contact or Gary Braasch Photography (503) 860-1228.

Use of photographs in any manner, in part or whole, without permission is prohibited by US copyright law. These photographs are registered with the US Copyright Office and are not in the Public Domain.

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