Ever since 2006, when Al Gore presented An Inconvenient Truth, many people around the world became proactive in lowering their carbon footprint because the documentary blames human beings for intense droughts and freak storms. The Inquisitr reported numerous times on climate change (formerly known as global warming), in which a scientist is accused of scamming people with claims of “solar cooling.” The scam, however, comes on the heels of a bleak report issued by the United Nations (UN) Climate Change panel.
Nevertheless, the topic of climate change is a touchy one, in which people either believe in it or not. To help people understand its impact on the world, NASA released a series of pictures from space of our world showing its constant changing. Some of the pictures enforce the view that some changes are brought about by climate change.
According to RYOT, NASA collected dozens of satellite photos for their gallery titled “Images of Change.” In it, the photos showcase human growth and expansion on the planet, climate change impact on lakes, deforestation, and after-effects caused by mega-storms around the world.
The Daily Mail also reported on the NASA gallery, which they explain that the gallery was made to show people climate change is a real thing. Randal Jackson, the internet manager for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, verifies this in a statement to Fast Company.
“Climate change is kind of an abstract concept for most people, or it feels like it’s something that happens invisibly or it’s going to happen in the future. The Images of Change gallery gives us an opportunity to make it feel a little bit more real.”
Ten of the pictures from the “Images of Change” gallery have been attached below in the following gallery. As mentioned earlier in the article, the images doesn’t just showcase climate change, but also the impact humans have on our land outside of said climate change. If you want to see all 301 pictures, you can view the actual gallery at NASA.
NASA Releases A Series Of Earth Photographs From Space Showing Our Changing World [Gallery]
NASA 1 – Mar Chiquita
Mar Chiquita, a lake in Argentina, is one of the world’s largest natural saline lakes. However, it is shrinking due to irrigation and drought.
NASA 2 – California Drought
California is going through the most severe drought in decades in part of decreased rainfall and reduced winter snowpack from the Sierra Nevada mountain range.
NASA 3 – California Wildfires
A series of wildfires erupted along the coastal region of north San Diego, California. The above picture shows the damage the fires have caused.
NASA 4 – Cambodia Flooding
Thanks to Typhoon Nari followed by heavy seasonal rains, the Mekong and Tonle Sap Rivers in Cambodia are flooding.
NASA 5 – Antarctica Iceberg
An iceberg in Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier separated from the primary ice mass. It is estimated to be 22 miles by 12 miles in size.
NASA 6 – Lake Urmia
Lake Urmia, a salt lake in northwest Iran, is continuing to shrink as less water flows into it thanks to dam construction, decreased precipitation, and diversion of surface water for upstream use.
NASA 7 – Elephant Butte Reservoir
The Elephant Butte Reservoir dwindled to its lowest level in the last 41 years back in 2013. The monsoon rains didn’t do much to help maintain it.
NASA 8 – Lake Razazah
Lake Razazah in Iraq is a large salt sea in Iraq. Levels in the sea have been drastically low year-round in the past decade.
NASA 9 – Cotopaxi Volcano
Ice on top of the Cotopaxi Volcano has been shrinking over the years.
NASA 10 – Missouri River
The Missouri River has shrunk dramatically in size due to a severe drought. Reduced snowpack in the Rocky Mountains are one of the primary reasons.
[Post Images via NASA]