Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard describes Earth’s interconnected systems, and how this network is affected by rising temperatures.
During 2020, average global temperatures matched the hottest year on record. The hurricane season was also record-breaking, with many of the storms intensifying at extraordinary speeds. Hot water in the ocean is fuel for hurricanes.
According to NASA, dust swept up from Northern Africa plays a major role in the formation of hurricanes, and is also a key source of fertilization in the Amazon rainforest. As a result of climate change, dust plumes are expected to decline, which will have an effect on vegetation far away.
Images from Earth-observing satellites show how the world’s plant life is affected by natural disasters, fires, and deforestation. Satellites also reveal how widespread changes in vegetation impact waterways, the climate, air quality.
Video Credit: NASA Goddard