These Haunting Images From Space Show Climate Change Up Close These Haunting Images From Space Show Climate Change Up Close
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These Haunting Images From Space Show Climate Change Up Close

by Yasha Wallin

May 13, 2013


The images reveal a paradox. On the one hand they tell the story of man and great civilizations: we build up, around, and out (we watch Dubai create entirely new towns into the ocean); yet we destroy the very land we want to live upon. You can literally watch the Amazon rainforest disappear, glaciers retreat, Lake Mead in Las Vegas shrink, mountaintops are decapitated by mining companies, and loggers carve into forests. The shots are at once beautiful and disturbing. The takeaway is that we now have a tool to see up close just how devastating the effects of climate change are. And with that information, hopefully it will encourage us all to be stewards of change whether in our own backyards—on the micro level—or on a larger, macro level.

Images via NASA/USGS

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These Haunting Images From Space Show Climate Change Up Close