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The black and blue marble: 10 whole Earth views from space

The black and blue marble: 10 whole Earth views from space

It’s been called one of the most famous and widely distributed images in human history. The “blue marble,” a 1972 color photograph of the Earth from the Apollo 17 spacecraft, has also been credited with expanding environmental awareness around the globe and highlighting the vulnerability of our home planet. In the four decades since the […]

Mapping the green on the blue planet

Mapping the green on the blue planet

Scientists have released new high-resolution maps that illustrate the lushness of vegetation, or lack thereof, around the globe. Researchers at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) used satellite data from April 2012 to April 2013 to create maps like the ones below (click to enlarge). “The darkest green areas are the lushest […]

Animation of global warming since 1880

Animation of global warming since 1880

NASA has produced a fascinating animation showing how global temperatures have been changing since the late 19th century. You can really see things heat up starting in the 1970s. 2011 was the 5th warmest year on record, as NASA’s James Hanson noted: “We know the planet is absorbing more energy than it is emitting . […]

Ebb and flow of snow, fuels, and fire

Ebb and flow of snow, fuels, and fire

NASA has put out a pretty cool video showing a decade’s worth of satellite imagery of the United States (and the rest of the world). It’s interesting to see the ebb and flow of the snowpack, how the land greens up every year, and where fires break out.