Powering Net Zero Commitments

NASA has released shocking satellite photos showing the extent to which climate change is transforming the planet

Share this article on your social networks.

The series of photos released by NASA has been dubbed the “Images of Change”. The photos are images taken from space to highlight how changes to the earth have been influenced by a combination of fires, flooding, urbanisation and climate change.

These images include shrinking glaciers in New Zealand, melting ice in Canada, travel reduction in Wuhan Province, China as a result of coronavirus and snow in the Sahara Desert.

The series of pictures consist of over 500 images including before and after pictures which were taken anything from weeks to decades apart. The collection aims to show the reality of climate change on the planet.

For one, images of the Arctic Sea ice were captured back in 1984 and in 2020, with the latest pictures showing the noticeable change in the extent of the frozen region. The pictures clearly showed just how much ice had melted over the past 26 years.

NASA scientist Joey Comiso stated, “at the rate, we’re observing this decline, it’s very likely that the Arctic’s summer sea ice will completely disappear within this century.”

A set of pictures also showed the Ok Glacier in Iceland had completely melted away, the results of a monsoon flooding in Pakistan and wildfires scorching Argentina. Half of the pictures taken were before a major event happening, with some pictures having been taken almost 4 decades before. The other half of the pictures show the same location after an incident.

Researchers at the NSIDC or National Snow and Ice Data Centre stated that 2020 recorded the second-lowest Arctic sea ice extent in over 42 years of satellite records.

‘The ice is shrinking in the summer, but it’s also getting thinner. You’re losing extent, and you’re losing the thick ice as well. It’s a double whammy,’ said Director of the NSIDC Mark Serreze, when figures were released in September 2020.

2012 saw the record low for Arctic sea ice, which was the lowest since the satellite records began in 1979. 2013 did see a higher minimum, however, that continued the extended downward trend of around 12% sea ice loss per decade since the late 1970s.

Whilst sea ice has been shrinking in the Arctic, the images NASA recorded showed signs of rare snowfall right at the edge of the Sahara Desert back in December 2016.

The space agency also captured images of human events, recording the dramatic reduction in traffic in Wuhan earlier in the year, right when the coronavirus pandemic was making waves.

These images have been shared on the NASA website as an interactive gallery, where site visitors can compare them by sliding across or side by side. The images are from various locations scattered around the globe and from various points in time, with the pictures split into varying categories covering human impact, cities, ice and water.

“Some of these effects are related to climate change, some are not,’ according to NASA, adding some show the impact of humanity itself on the planet we call home.

‘Some document the effects of urbanization, or the ravage of natural hazards such as fires and floods. All show our planet in a state of flux.”

The full NASA Images of Change interactive gallery is on the NASA website. 

As reported by Daily Mail UK

Related Posts

The most important scientific discovery of our time: NetFlix
Netflix states that the film, just released, centres around David Attenborough and Swedish Professor Johan Rockström's research and records “the most important scientific discovery of ...
Read More
4 Massive Climate Rulings Prove that Big Oil, Gas & Coal Are Running Out Of Hiding Places
3 global fossil fuel giants have been on the end of embarrassing rebukes over their inaction or inadequate action on ...
Read More
New IEA report gives meaning to Net Zero – five key insights
The IEA has released its long-awaited roadmap highlighting how the globe’s energy sector could slash its planet-heating emissions to net zero in 30 years
Read More
Methane emissions
Lowering Methane Emissions Is The Fastest Way To Slow Global Heating- UN Report
The new UN report discovered that methane emissions can be halved by 2030 with existing technology and at a reasonable cost. A large proportion of ...
Read More
Increasing Climate Change Promises are Moving the Needle
Recent and increasing promises concerning climate change made by major countries could bring the earth a fraction closer to the possibility of a more stable ...
Read More
Shocking results for nature’s climate change resilience – Retracing a century old wild life survey
When Berkely researchers following in the steps of Joseph Grinnell, a biologist who over a century ago developed a pioneering ...
Read More
Tech billionaires’ Ironman approach to climate change vs. planting trees
3 of the 5 richest individuals in the world, are all aiming to create new technologies which can lower the world’s carbon emissions and fight ...
Read More
climateaction 100plus
World First Net Zero Company Benchmark of the World’s Largest Corporate Emitters
Climate Action 100+, a $54 trillion investor coalition, released a report that evaluated several companies' climate change performance.
Read More
why do we need to conserve resources
74% of Economists Says Net Zero Actions are Economically Desirable
The majority of the international climate economists polled in February stated they had become increasingly concerned about climate change over the past 5 years
Read More