This Astronaut Is Crying Seeing Earth from Space, Why?

Katherine Megan McArthur, an astronaut from NASA

An astronaut from NASA, Megan McArthur, admitted that she cried when she saw the earth’s condition from the International Space Station (ISS). She explained how extreme the effects of climate change on earth are.

She explained that he was sad when he saw the effects of climate change and global warming on Earth. Included are forest fires that hit some areas, such as the United States (US) some time ago.

“We are deeply saddened to see fires burning across a large part of the Earth, not just the United States,” McArthur said in an interview with Insider.

In fact, scientists, she said, had warned about the forest fires beforehand. She also encouraged the cooperation of the entire global community to solve the problem.

“For years the world’s scientists have been ringing this alarm bell. This is a warning to the entire global community. It will take the entire global community to face this and overcome these challenges,” she explained.

Forest fires have hit several countries around the world. Apart from the US, there are Siberia, Greece, Spain, to the Pacific Northwest which is experiencing the same thing.

Reportedly, Turkey was quite hit by the forest fires. The US is also working on recruiting a sufficient number of firefighters.

Another threat that the Earth has to face right now is the threatened deforestation of the Brazilian rainforest. Unfortunately, that has happened in recent times, says Carbon Brief’s Simon Evans.

For information, deforestation is carried out so that land can be used for example agriculture, animal husbandry, and even residential or urban areas. Specifically in Brazil, forest land is made for growing commercial crops such as rubber, sugar, and tobacco.

It also accelerated in the last half of the 20th century, as cattle ranching land, and industrial-scale crop plantations. Such as soybean, palm oil, and logging.

Based on the results of aerial photographs, land has also continued to decrease over time. Amazon also emits more CO2 than it absorbs in the last 10 years.

In addition, 40% of the forests on Earth are also at risk of becoming dry savannas which occur when it rains due to climate change. Savanna is in a region with a mild climate and less rainfall.