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COP28 in Focus: The Visual Story of Climate Change in 2023

See IMAGO's visual storytellers' powerful photos from 2023's environmental extreme events as the world gathers for the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28).

From wildfires to extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and the alarming loss of biodiversity, these are some of the impacts of climate change that we witnessed in the past year. In 2023, many saw firsthand the consequences of climate change, not just in reports or documentaries but in their own backyards and countries.

As the world gathers for the 28th United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP28 in Dubai, the stories and images of these events serve as a light on this topic. Capturing the gravity of this situation, The Game Magazine features impactful photography from 2023’s environmental extreme events, courtesy of IMAGO’s visual storytellers. These images are not just snapshots of events; they are a window into the profound impacts these disasters have on our planet and a reminder of the collective action required to address this global challenge.

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IMAGO / NurPhoto / Sigit Prasetya | Peatland Fire in South Sumatra: A fire on the Palembang-Indralaya toll road on August 17, 2023, after Indonesia’s 78th Independence Day, South Sumatra, Indonesia.
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IMAGO / NurPhoto / Alain Pitton | Record Heat in Toulouse: Thermometer showing 45°C (113°F) on August 23, amid France’s extreme late-summer heatwave, Toulouse, France.
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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Biplov Bhuyan | Flood Aftermath in Rangpo: A vehicle submerged in mud following a glacial lake burst near Teesta River, October 9, 2023, Rangpo, Sikkim, India.
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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Robin Loznak | Cougar Creek Wildfire Combat: Firefighting helicopter engaging the wildfire in Tyee Ridge Complex, Roseburg, Oregon, USA on August 29, 2023.
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IMAGO / Independent Photo Agency Int / AlessandroxMazza | Community Effort in Cesena: 19-year-old agriculture student Giacomo Turci, along with many university students, helps clear flood mud in Cesena, Italy, aftermath of the Savio River flooding.
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IMAGO / NTB / Cornelius Poppe | Storm Floods in Oslo: Extreme weather Hans causes rivers to overflow, with water running over in Aurdal, Valdres, near Oslo, Norway on August 8, 2023.
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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Muhammad Amdad Hossain | Flood Refuge in Chittagong: Grandparents and grandchildren find shelter at Khalifapada School during flooding in Satkania Upazila, Chittagong, Bangladesh, on August 9, 2023.
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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Mohammed Shajahan | Worsening Floods in Chittagong: The area around Chattogram Maa-O-Shishu Hospital Medical College submerged for six days, causing distress to patients and families, Chittagong, Bangladesh, August 7, 2023.
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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Md Harun Rashid | Schoolchildren in Drought: Navigating through dry conditions in West Tootpara, Khulna, Bangladesh, on March 1, 2023. This coastal area is increasingly experiencing drought due to climate change.
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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Simone Boccaccio | Turkana Drought Crisis: Turkana children fetching water from a well during East Africa’s worst drought, Turkana, Kenya, February 18, 2023.
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IMAGO / ZUMA Wire / Jashim Salam | Wildfire Smoke in Northeast U.S.: Hazy skies and poor air quality from Canadian wildfires shroud iconic skylines in orange, June 8, 2023. The eastern U.S. faces air quality alerts and advisories to stay indoors.
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IMAGO / Hindustan Times / Salman Ali | Flood Crisis in New Delhi: People affected by the Yamuna floods living in temporary tents, battling Eye Flu at Vikas Marg ITO, New Delhi, India, July 24, 2023.
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