The earth is losing its luster and that is why we need to worry
Climate change is causing heat waves, melting glaciers and icebergs, severe droughts and possibly anything that could degrade the planet.
A new study says that climate change is causing the Earth to lose its luster. What is happening is that "light reflected from the Earth illuminating the surface of the moon" known as "Earth sunlight" has fallen over the past two decades.
Through the advanced sciences of Earth and Space, the Earth now reflects about half a watt of light per square meter less than 20 years ago. This represents a decline of about 0.5% in the last two decades. The study found that the reasons for this decline are twofold: the brightness of the sun and the reflection of the planet.
Based on the changes observed by the researchers, periodic changes in the brightness of the sun, which included two periods of maximum brightness and a period of dormancy, were not related to this decline, which led to the conclusion that it was caused by something on the planet.
Why does this happen?
The study found that satellite measurements from NASA clouds and the Earth Radiation Energy System (CERES) project have recorded a drop in light clouds over the Pacific Ocean in recent years. The largest decline in Earth brightness occurred during 2017 and 2019 based on CERES data.
The researchers added that the fading of the Earth also indicates how much solar energy is being captured by its climate system, and once that extra solar energy is in the planet's atmosphere and oceans, it could increase global warming. This extra sunlight is said to have the same magnitude as the anthropogenic climate which is climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels.