Paris Flood 1910-2018
With climate change, the weather starts to be more extreme. Inspired by the recurring flooding of Paris, I mix images of 1910 with contemporary photos of Paris. The layers and transparencies give an air surreal to the scene, something out of a Jules Verne story with machines and sea monsters. The digital images are printed on aluminum panels. The metal shows through the image, giving to the surface a unique translucent luminescence.
The danger is that global warming may become self-sustaining, if it has not done so already. The melting of the Arctic and Antarctic ice caps reduces the fraction of solar energy reflected back into space, and so increases the temperature further. Climate change may kill off the Amazon and other rain forests, and so eliminate once one of the main ways in which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere. The rise in sea temperature may trigger the release of large quantities of carbon dioxide, trapped as hydrides on the ocean floor. Both these phenomena would increase the greenhouse effect, and so global warming further. We have to reverse global warming urgently, if we still can.
Stephen Hawking. ABC News interview (16 August 2006)