Obit: Environmental Photographer Gary Braasch Dies While Snorkeling on Great Barrier Reef

Posted by on Monday March 7, 2016 | Obituary

Gary Braasch © Joan Rothlein
Gary Braasch © Joan Rothlein

Gary Braasch © Joan Rothlein

Gary Braasch, who had documented climate change, conservation and other environmental issues since 1974, died today while snorkeling in the Great Barrier Reef. He was 70.

Braasch’s death was reported by Reuters, which says the photographer was documenting the effect of climate change on the reef off the northeastern coast of Australia. The cause of the Braasch’s death is being investigated by Queensland police, the wire service reports.

Braasch’s work on the environment has appeared in National Geographic, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Audubon, and other publications. He published his acclaimed book on climate change, titled Earth Under Fire, in 2007. In 2000, he launched the  World View of Global Warming website, a compendium of his climate change work from all over the world, and a respected resource on the issues and science of climate change for educators, students, and the general public. To raise awareness about environmental issues and climate change, he produced exhibits for the National Academy of Science, the Field Museum in Chicago, Boston Museum of Science, and other science and natural history museums. He was also a fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

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