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Check out Brad Plumer's excellent article showing how we're changing our planet!

Peg Shippert

I'm going to talk about someone else's work based on yet another body of work for a minute here, but bear with me because it's worth it. I just ran across an excellent article written by Brad Plumer for Vox based on NASA's Images of Change series. Images of Change is a set of before and after remotely sensed images from various places on the Earth. What I like about Plumer's article is that he includes a wide range of types of change, mostly focused on changes caused directly by human activity. He then describes each of them succinctly and clearly for the lay person. I also appreciate that he includes examples of both destructive (e.g., deforestation) and productive (e.g., reductions in air pollution) changes.  

It's well worth a read. Check it out!

Images taken by the Enhanced Thematic Mapper Plus instrument onboard Landsat 7 and the Operational Land Imager onboard Landsat 8. Source: U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Landsat Missions Gallery “Topaz Solar Farm, California,” U.S. Department of the Interior / USGS and NASA. (<a href='http://climate.nasa.gov/state_of_flux#Topaz-Solar-Farm-930px-57.jpg'>NASA, World of Change)</a>
The Topaz Solar Farm in California, seen in 2011 (before the farm was built) and 2015. Image courtesty of NASA, Images of Change.