NASA Captures the World on Fire

“The world is on fire. Or so it appears in this image from NASA’s World­view. The red points over­laid on the image des­ig­nate those areas that by using ther­mal bands detect active­ly burn­ing fires.”

The image and cap­tion above come from NASA’s God­dard Space Flight Cen­ter. On a relat­ed page, they go into some more detail, explain­ing why good parts of Africa, Chile, Brazil and North Amer­i­ca are aflame this sum­mer. Droughts, extreme tem­per­a­tures, agri­cul­tur­al practices–they’re all part of a wor­ry­ing pic­ture. View NASA’s pic­ture in a larg­er for­mat here.

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via Atlas Obscu­ra

Relat­ed Con­tent:

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