Katie Orlinsky

Visual Storyteller & Contributing Photographer
Location: North America
Nationality: American
Biography: Katie Orlinsky’s photography tells stories about the everyday lives of people in extreme situations, capturing the intimate moments of daily life behind larger global issues. For the past six years a large portion of her work has focused on... read on
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on NatGeo: Arctic permafrost is thawing fast. That affects us all.
katie orlinsky
Sep 5, 2019

As the frozen ground warms much faster than expected, it’s reshaping the landscape—and releasing carbon gases that fuel global warming.


For almost two years I have been working on “The Carbon Threat," an article for National Geographic written by Craig Welch that tackles the urgent issue of permafrost thaw and it is now online! It was one of the most challenging stories I've ever photographed, a journey that fluctuated from frustrating and disturbing to fascinating and inspiring. What is happening to our planet is not easy to swallow, but we must confront it head-on.

Working on this story was both a serious responsibility and an honor.

Arctic permafrost is thawing much faster than expected, releasing carbon gases that could drastically speed up climate change. Just over the course of our reporting scientists have come to believe that what was once hundreds of years away could now happen in our lifetime, with permafrost thaw releasing 2 to nearly three 3 times more greenhouse gases than expected. I hope our article can help the public and policymakers recognize this new, urgent reality and take action.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this story happen from Utqiagvik, Alaska to Chersky, Siberia. And thank you to the outstanding writer/partner in crime Craig Welch, the brilliant, dedicated and ever so patient Sadie Quarrier and Sarah Leen for her vision, guidance and trust.


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The Alexia Foundation is pleased to announce the winner of The Alexia 2019 Professional Grant is Katie Orlinsky of New York, New York for Chasing..

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on NatGeo: Climate change has finally caught up to this Alaska village

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on NatGeo: Exclusive: Some Arctic Ground No Longer Freezing—Even in Winter

By Katie Orlinsky / Siberia — I have a confession to make. I have been photographing climate change for four years, and continue to do..
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By Katie Orlinsky — Help get Obama and congress to pass the legislation we need to keep millions of acres of wilderness in..

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The Howard G. Buffett Fund for Women Journalists

By Katie Orlinsky — Honored to be selected by The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) as part of the first group..

Katie Orlinsky featured on WIRED

By Katie Orlinsky — The Inspiring Sled Dogs and Stunning Views at Iditarod by Jakob Schiller Katie Orlinsky is willing to..

Katie Orlinsky featured in New York Times

By Katie Orlinsky — Photos from the early days of this Iditarod in the New York Times today.  View here . 

Katie Orlinsky on Assignment for National Geographic News

By Katie Orlinsky — A few weeks ago, I photographed the toughest sled dog race in the world, the  Yukon Quest ,..
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