Flood. A sign.


Flood. A sign.

Spray paint on metal street sign
75 x 86cm.
During the course of the twenty-first century, global sea levels are predicted to rise by up to 2 metres, possibly more. As a result, land occupied by 300 million people will fall below the elevation of an average annual coastal flood. By 2100, 200 million people could sit permanently below the high tide line.

The UN is warning that our planet is on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the world. A key variable in this outcome will be how much heat-trapping pollution from human activities is dumped into the atmosphere, and how quickly the land-based ice sheets in Greenland and especially Antarctica destabilise. Another factor is widespread, intensive farming, which changes land cover by removing preexisting vegetation, thereby increasing the risk of flooding.

It is now widely accepted that extreme weather patterns, caused by long-term global climate change, make floods more likely. The science is impossible to ignore.

As global temperatures rise, there is significantly more energy in the Earth’s system. This amplified state results in higher air temperatures, which increase the possibility for evaporation and ultimately cloud formation. In this perfect storm scenario, the air is also able to hold more moisture content, which leads to an increase in precipitation intensity, duration and/or frequency.

"If you have more moisture in the atmosphere, the same rainfall systems rain harder - that is something we see globally. And that has a human greenhouse gas signal in it."
Professor Gabi Hegerl, University of Edinburgh.





All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.

Don't Be Koi


Don't Be Koi.

Limited edition of 25. Signed.
Hahnemühle German Etching pigment print.
42 x 29cm.
£150 + postage

"Pollution from toxic chemicals threatens life on this planet. Every ocean and every continent, from the tropics to the once-pristine polar regions, is contaminated."
World Wildlife Fund.


Every year, approximately eight million metric tons of plastic find its way into our oceans. Of that, approaching three million arrives from the earth's rivers. And of those tributaries, over ninety percent arrives from a select ten, one of the worst of which is China's Yangtze - which contributes over half, as it drains into the Yellow Sea.

A recent study by the The Education University of Hong Kong, and backed by Greenpeace, discovered that plastic fragments have been found in nearly two-thirds of a fish species commonly consumed in Chinese meals.

In addition to waste plastic, a variety of toxic chemicals, from both domestic and industrial usage, add to the degradation of our planet's water stores.

On a global level, mankind's rapid growth has released a toxic cocktail of substances into the natural world, which is now finding its way back into our food chain.

The harmony of a delicately poised, interdependent balance of the natural world has been disrupted, and distorted by one species, the long-term effect, from the unenlightened cause, now returning to its point of origin.
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All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.

Flood. A sign.


Flood. A sign.

Spray paint on metal street sign
75 x 86cm.
£550 + postage

During the course of the twenty-first century, global sea levels are predicted to rise by up to 2 metres, possibly more. As a result, land occupied by 300 million people will fall below the elevation of an average annual coastal flood. By 2100, 200 million people could sit permanently below the high tide line.

The UN is warning that our planet is on course for 3C of global warming. This will ultimately redraw the map of the world. A key variable in this outcome will be how much heat-trapping pollution from human activities is dumped into the atmosphere, and how quickly the land-based ice sheets in Greenland and especially Antarctica destabilise. Another factor is widespread, intensive farming, which changes land cover by removing preexisting vegetation, thereby increasing the risk of flooding.

It is now widely accepted that extreme weather patterns, caused by long-term global climate change, make floods more likely. The science is impossible to ignore.

As global temperatures rise, there is significantly more energy in the Earth’s system. This amplified state results in higher air temperatures, which increase the possibility for evaporation and ultimately cloud formation. In this perfect storm scenario, the air is also able to hold more moisture content, which leads to an increase in precipitation intensity, duration and/or frequency.

"If you have more moisture in the atmosphere, the same rainfall systems rain harder - that is something we see globally. And that has a human greenhouse gas signal in it."
Professor Gabi Hegerl, University of Edinburgh.





All artwork, text and images © James Straffon 2021.