An astonishing new map that highlights the unprecedented impact of climate change over the last 20 years has been captured by Nasa.
The animation shows our planet’s seasonal fluctuations as seen from space after the US space agency condensed two decades of data into just a few minutes.
The polar ice caps and snow cover are shown ebbing and flowing with the seasons.
But as time passes the Arctic can be seen getting greener as shrubs grow more widely in the warmer temperatures.
The visualisation also captures the state of the oceans and life within it.
Recent years feature more and more purple patches – areas where little life thrives known as ‘biological deserts’.’It’s like watching the Earth breathe. It’s really remarkable’ said Jeremy Werdell – a Nasa oceanographer who took part in the project.