Sunday, January 12, 2014

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50 doomiest images of 2013

2013 served up some of the most spectacular doom imagery yet, as historic flooding and wildfire events proliferated globally. Poachers continued to drive megafauna, like elephants and rhinos, to extinction, providing plenty of heartbreaking pictures. Loggers razed ever more forest habitat, slaughtering wildlife wholesale and leaving a only few traumatized survivors for us to witness in photographs.

Marelom Cassanares, 37, who has five children and no home, cries at the grave of her husband in the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan in Palo, on the outskirts of Tacloban, 16 November 2013. Photo: Nicolas Asfouri / AFP / Getty Images

Humans continued to strip mine the oceans of all edible life, carelessly discarding tons of biomass with no commercial value. Occasionally, there's a photo of slaughtered marine wildlife laying on a beach or piling up in a factory somewhere.

And as usual, gods and religions failed to deliver salvation from record-breaking extreme weather events, so we saw more photos of religious icons gazing impassively across scenes of devastation.

Check out Desdemona's doomiest posts of previous years:

  • 2012 doomiest graphs, images, and stories
  • 2011 doomiest graphs, images, and stories
  • 2010 doomiest graphs, images, and stories