Highlights of April 2022
Here’s a summary of our highlighted satellite observations from last month. We try to focus on many environmental threats and important events, but also just the beauty of our planet from a bigger perspective.
Earth Day Celebration
This year while celebrating Earth Day we focused on how human activity affected Aral Sea. Once one of the four largest lakes in the world, today it has shrunken tremendously since rivers, that used to feed the lake had been diverted. Consequently in the satellite pictures we can see that deserted flats of the terrain are present, in areas where once used to be water.
Examples of latest visible changes in satellite images
From satellite pictures over the years it is possible to see the recent changes. For instance fire activity in Siberia has picked up in spring in recent years. Another example of that would be forest clearing in the Amazon. According to data from Brazil’s national space research institute, through the first two months of 2022 it has amounted more than twice the average over the past ten years.