Watch How We’ve Changed the World


This series of very short videos compiled from images posted on NASA’s Earth Observatory, are shocking, and a little terrifying. See an artificial archipelago shaped like a palm tree appear off the coast of Dubai; watch Lake Powell and the Aral Sea disappear; witness the Brazilian deforestation from above. The videos are only 11 seconds long, but they pack a lot of punch.

Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →