Canadian astronaut sees “human destruction”

Effects of global warming seemingly visible from space


Speaking from space, Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk urged Canada to consider the future of space exploration and shared his own insight gleaned from orbit. “Most of the time when I look out the window I’m in awe,” he says. “But there are some effects of the human destruction of the Earth as well.” Thirsk was last in space in 1996 and says changes to Earth’s geography since then are seemingly apparent. “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,” he says. “That saddens me a little bit.”

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Canadian astronaut sees “human destruction”

  1. What baloney. Unless his space flight was on the exact same date, any differences in ice cover can be explained by the seasons, or even seasonal variation. In fact, it is widely known that global temperature has dropped over the last decade.

    Secondly, it is hard to believe the guy has such a photographic memory that he can compare visually with a memory from 12 years ago.

    • Well, not day-for-day, but the last time he was up there was during the summer, just a few weeks earlier in the year.

      Besides, the melting of the glaciers and the arctic ice cap has been well established – that doesn't mean they're melting because of global warming per se, but a visual change in the geography of the earth from space is almost expected.