Postcard From the Future '+20+20'

Robert Graves and Didier Madoc-Jones created RIO+20+20  to mark the ‘RIO+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development’ that took place in Rio de Janeiro in July 2012.  It was the first of their new series of ‘Postcards From The Future’ featuring other World Cities.

A huge increase in seaweed production combined with warming ocean temperatures has led to vast blooms of algae, some several kilometres across, forming along the South China Sea coastline. As the algae gets washed ashore it clogs up the beaches at Quingdao and other Chinese resorts, suffocating the water and killing marine life.

Your eyes are drawn to the Brazilian body beautiful depicted on almost every postcard of Rio de Janeiro. The horror of this image is subtle, how can beach life survive next to a dead sea?

The image featured in the The Times article ‘Postcards From The Edge’ by Alex Ralph in 21 06 12