Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. Under Stifling Waves is a Digital Collage which seeks relief from relentless humidity of a future of Wet Bulb Environments and turgid Heatwaves. Next month we will see out the end of one of the hottest years on record. Due to Cilmate Change extreme heatwaves are already becoming more common place, placing huge stresses on the critical infrastructure on which populations depend. Ecologists studying the hard limits of heat and survivability have warned of the potential future formation of Wet Bulb Environments as global tempretures rise. A Wet Bulb Environment occurs once the air becomes heated and saturated with humidity past a certain threshold, beyond this point a human body can no longer dispense with its excess heat through perspiration as the air has already reached maximum saturation. Without an effective means for shedding this heat, the bodies core temperature quickly builds to lethal levels. A dire warning indeed and all the more reason to keep a cool head.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. A Suffocating Presence is a Digital Collage unmasking the blight of Air Pollution in our industrialized world. According to the World Health Organization Air Pollution is one of the worlds leading preventable causes of death. Air Pollution takes a toll of almost 7 million lives a year worldwide. Contributing to the development of non-communicable respiratory diseases, ischemic heart disease and increased vulnerability to secondary infections. In some of our worlds more industrialized and densely populated cities, exercising outside for even short periods will now do more harm than good due to the inhalation of fine particulates and industrial emmisions. Time for a break in the country . . .
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. All Tomorrows Weather is a Digital Collage which visualises the link between the Coal Burning and Mining activities we carry out on or underground and the resulting consequences for our Skies. As a result of carbon emissions our atmosphere is becoming warmer. Greater atmospheric temperatures result in a more energetic atmosphere, larger heat differentials from area to area and ultimately stronger winds and more extreme weather formations. Yesterday Hurricane Irma the biggest ever hurricane recorded over the Atlantic began tearing its way through the island communities of the Caribbean on its way to make landfall in Florida by the weekend. It is the second Megastorm to form over the Atlantic in three weeks which is in of itself unprecedented. Climate scientists are fearing this could be the new normal.
Part of the Reflections On An Age of Anxiety Series. All Dried Up is a composite Digital Collage which questions the wisdom of the relentless drive towards maximizing fossil fuel extraction through Fracking and other new techniques at a time when profound ecological pressures are raising the spectre of Global Warming on our collective horizons. With the expansion of renewable energy technologies coming online, its time for us to shift our focus away from squeezing out every last drop!