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Published on December 2nd, 2013 | by 011100110110010


The Footprint of Humanity

There is no more revealing view of humanity’s global footprint than our night-time glow. This new composite view was built from images taken on cloud-free nights by the Soumi National Polar-orbiting Partnership Satellite, launched by NASA, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Department of Defense in October 2011.

The original source for this piece is here


For the geographically challenged lets see where these cities are! 🙂


Fuck it, I can’t be bothered to check out both images to see which cities/towns use the most light. Let’s make things a little easier…


Stand out thoughts?

  • Belgium and the South West of The Netherlands are a lot brighter than I would’ve thought.
  • Germany seem to be very careful with their usage (particularly in the East. Old habits die hard?)
  • There are a lot of oil rigs in the North Sea.
  • The Scandinavian’s are cautious with their electricity usage (they’re light years ahead of the rest of us)

Can you see anything I’ve missed?

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