Satellites show how humans are disrupting the carbon cycle
Today’s Video of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at how human activity is disrupting Earth’s natural carbon cycle and is causing an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide.
Carbon is stored naturally in Earth’s oceans, rocks, plants, and of course, the atmosphere. Satellites can track these exchanges and show how the seasonal growth cycle of plants corresponds to atmospheric carbon levels.
The data reveals that since 1970, atmospheric carbon dioxide emissions have increased by 90%.
Video Credit: Planetary Visions (credit: ESA/CCI Land Cover, Fire, GHG, Ocean Colour and Climate Modelling teams)/NASA–NOAA Suomi-NPP (night lights)/NOAA–Scripps (ground-based CO2)