Luca Bracali
Photo courtesy of Luca Bracali.

Over the last 25 years, Italian photographer Luca Bracali has visited 138 countries to document places that few of us will ever see in person. He has photographed everything from nomadic cultures in Mongolia to the northern lights, and he has a particular passion for showing how global warming is changing the earth, especially in the Arctic.

In one of his photos, polar bears eat grass along a Manitoba bay with little snow in sight. Bracali says it captures the fragile beauty of these threatened creatures in terms everyone can understand.

Bracali: “Photography is the most international language of all.”

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A photo from Iceland shows a lagoon filled with chunks of ice glinting in the sun. He says the body of water came from a melting glacier. Eighty years ago, the lagoon did not even exist.

Bracali: “It’s beautiful because you see the floating icebergs but behind the scene there’s a true and sad story.”

Some of Bracali’s images reveal a planet in peril. Some show its majesty. Each captures a moment he hopes will inspire people to protect the earth.

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Reporting credit: Sarah Kennedy/ChavoBart Digital Media.

Bud Ward

Bud Ward is Editor of Yale Climate Connections. He started his environmental journalism career in 1974. He later served as Assistant Director of the U.S. Congress's National Commission on Air Quality,...