Earth at night

Earth at night. Credit: C. Mayhew & R. Simmon (NASA/GSFC), NOAA/ NGDC, DMSP Digital Archive

Ten reasons why NASA’s Earth at Night is a strong contender for world’s most important image

  1. We see Earth and humanity in a whole new light. Earth at Night represents a turning point in our awareness of the scale of human civilization
  2. It is the story of population growth and wealth
  3. It shows humanity as a major driver of change at the planetary level
  4. It shows the extent and power of our civilization
  5. It tells the story of the Industrial Revolution
  6. It charts the rise of urbanization
  7. It is a good proxy for our energy consumption
  8. It separates rich countries from poor
  9. It begs the question, how far can humanity push the Earth system?
  10. It exemplifies the Anthopocene


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