The Dernogalizer

July 27, 2009

Astronaut sees Warming from Space

Filed under: Climate Change — Matt Dernoga @ 12:29 pm
Grey Line is average from 1979-2000

Grey Line is average from 1979-2000

I’ve heard one of the catalysts for the environmental movement were the first pictures taken of the Earth from outer space.  One of the astronauts made remarks that he could see the “scars of human destruction” from space.  I think it’s worthwhile to repost those remarks, this astronaut last looked at the Earth from space 12 years ago, and he can see the difference.  So can US spy Satellites.  For more on what additional melting could be possible this year, check out the National Snow and Ice Data Center update, and this analysis from Real Climate.  For more information on how the planet is warming, check out this recent post.

A Canadian astronaut aboard the International Space Station said on Sunday it looks like Earth’s ice caps have melted a bit since he was last in orbit 12 years ago.

Bob Thirsk, who is two months into a planned six-month stay aboard the station, said he is mostly in awe when he looks out the window, particularly at the sliver of atmosphere wrapped around the planet.

“It’s a very thin veil of atmosphere around the Earth that keeps us alive,” Thirsk said during an in-flight news conference. “Most of the time when I look out the window I’m in awe. But there are some effects of the human destruction of the Earth as well.”

“This is probably just a perception, but I just have the feeling that the glaciers are melting, the snow capping the mountains is less than it was 12 years ago when I saw it last time,” Thrisk said. “That saddens me a little bit.”



  1. this is nothing but a bunch of stupidity. The earth has normally gotten warmer and than colder all by itself. I’m 62 and can attest to that. Just an other ploy to try and push this presedents stupid agenda.

    Comment by stephen rausch — July 28, 2009 @ 7:36 pm | Reply

    • not at that rate in 12 years(not naturally anyways). I’m afraid the graph and temperature data of legitimate institutions beat your “observation” on whether the entire planet was warming or cooling at a given time.

      Comment by Matt Dernoga — July 28, 2009 @ 11:14 pm | Reply

  2. If this man can actually observe and recall larger ice caps – and I who am I to doubt that? – that’s pretty said. I was born in 1979, so I guess that it’s been in a downward trend every year that I’ve been on this Earth. Very sad to think. Wonder if there is anything that can be done to prevent catastrophic loss.

    Comment by appauled — July 28, 2009 @ 7:41 pm | Reply

    • that’s what the graph is for, just in case an astronaut’s 12-year memory isn’t trustworthy

      Comment by Matt Dernoga — July 28, 2009 @ 11:15 pm | Reply

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