NR ILULISSAT, Greenland — A lone fisherman navigates a perilous path back to port through a melting ice field, 2004. © Ian Berry / Magnum Photos

UMTATA, South Africa — A combination of wind and solar power provides this region's electric supply; wind turbines are by far the cheapest method of getting power in isolated communities. © Alex Webb / Magnum Photos

MAJURO ATOLL, Marshall Islands — The country comprises a series of coral reefs enclosing vast, clear lagoons sometimes many miles across. The reefs once encircled volcanoes, which have long since sunk back into the ocean, leaving long, narrow, curving islands covered in coconut palms. The Majuro Atoll is a 29-mile-long strip of land with the county's main airport and its capital, Majuro, which is at the atoll's widest point — about one-third of a mile across. © Chris Steele-Perkins / Magnum Photos

JAPAN — Volcanoes can be very unstable, and Hatchubaru Geothermal Powerstation is built on top of one. While the station produces plentiful power, the raw energy of the mountain has to be constantly checked in the central control room to avoid accidents. © Harry Gruyaert / Magnum Photos

CHINA — Millions of workers in China's countryside still harvest rice without mechanization. Here, neighbors help each other with the first steps of the harvest. Changing weather patterns as a result of global warming will make planning the harvest more uncertain for farmers. © Nikos Economopoulos / Magnum Photos

CALCUTTA, India — It looks like war and it is, although they are not soldiers but health workers fumigating the streets of Calcutta against their No. 1 enemy, the malaria mosquito. Planning preventive measures becomes more difficult as climate change causes rain patterns to become unpredictable. © Donovan Wylie / Magnum Photos

MEXICO — Climate Control, 2004. © Bruce Gilden / Magnum Photos

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — The city's famous amusement park and its showpiece at the end of the pier, the giant Pacific Wheel, which is driven by electricity from solar panels. California has introduced a law requiring 20 percent of all energy sold to come from renewable sources by 2017. © Constantine Manos / Magnum Photos

BRANDENBURG, Germany — The German national government has implemented a range of policies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions. The country has embraced the renewables revolution, particularly wind and solar power, with greater enthusiasm than any other nation. The 30 megawatt WKN wind farm at Zitz-Warchau in Brandenburg is part of a massive investment that has spawned a new manufacturing industry and is making Germany the largest producer of renewable energy in Europe. © Chien-Chi Chang / Magnum Photos

KENYA — Herds of elephants in search of water are invading the forests of Kilimanjaro. Their presence is a threat to the area's fragile ecosystem, which has already been weakened by drastic climate changes. © Alex Majoli / Magnum Photos

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