15 incredible environmental images that captured the world in 2017
Firefighters battle flames from a Santa Ana wind-driven brush fire called the Thomas Fire in Santa Paula, California, December 4, 2017.REUTERS/Gene Blevins
From an usually active hurricane season in the Gulf of Mexico to record-breaking wildfires in California, the planet endured a lot in 2017.
Take a look back at some of the biggest environmental changes, events, and catastrophes from the year through these 15 impactful images.
California's Oroville dam — the tallest in the United States — collapsed in February.
Early 2017 temperatures ranked as the hottest in 122 years for the contiguous US.
A groundbreaking study warned that continuing to burn fossil fuels at the current rate could bring atmospheric carbon dioxide to its highest concentration in 50 million years.
Another alarming study found that the rate of global sea-level rise may have nearly tripled since the 1990s.
Two controversial oil pipelines — the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone XL — were approved.
In June, Trump announced that the US will withdraw from the Paris agreement on climate change.
A Delaware-size iceberg broke off from Antarctica's Larsen C ice shelf in July.
A total solar eclipse captured America's attention in August.
The Gulf of Mexico experienced a record-breaking hurricane season.
This summer and fall, monsoons left some cities in India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan underwater.
A powerful earthquake jolted central Mexico in September.
California endured the deadliest series of wildfires in the state's history throughout September, October, and December.
An earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border killed more than 500 people in November.
In November, the Mount Agung volcano erupted in Bali, Indonesia.
In December, the Trump administration announced it will shrink the Bears Ears National Monument in Utah by 85%.