SpaceX astronaut says he saw rainforests burning and dried-up lakes when he looked at the Earth from space

Astronaut Matthias Maurer said he saw burning rainforests and dried-up lakes from space. Dark and light green areas distinguish the rainforests and agricultural activities,

Maurer said. Astronauts can see from the ISS the impact that the climate crisis is having on Earth, he said. An astronaut who was onboard a SpaceX mission said he saw

rainforests burning and dried-up lakes from space as a result of climate change. Matthias Maurer, a European Space Agency astronaut, said on Thursday during a talk at the

World Economic Forum at Davos that people had asked him whether he could see the impact of the climate crisis on Earth from space. He said that although the climate crisis

takes effect over a long period of time, he could see indications that Earth is suffering. When observing Earth from space, you can see dark green areas, which are

rainforests, and light green areas, which are agricultural areas, Maurer said. "Somehow there are very, very many fires exactly on the border between the dark green and the

light green," he said. "That's when you understand people are burning down the rainforests to create more room for agriculture." "Then you fly further on and you see like

desert areas, and you think shouldn't there be a lake here? In my maps, there's a lake," he said. "And it's gone. You don't see anything." Rising temperatures across the

world have triggered heatwaves, droughts, heavy rainfall, and wildfires, according to research. Astronauts understand that the climate crisis is happening, but satellite data can

provide far more insights on the matter, Maurer said.