Think Climate Change Is No Big Deal? Think Again.

Some people are worth melting for, but this is a little ridiculous.

Fact: 97 percent of climate scientists agree the climate is changing and humans are largely to blame.

With a near-unanimous consensus among the experts, it would seem as though the rest of the public would heed their advice and take action. Sadly, that has not been the case. One reason for this might be that the average person is fairly short-sighted and has a hard time believing the climate is warming because it snowed in their hometown that day.


Climatologists, on the other hand, look at long-term trends spanning thousands of years.

That's not to say that dramatic differences can't be seen on shorter scales than that. The following images released by NASA as part of their Images of Change program demonstrate that major changes can occur in a relatively short amount of time, and the time to make changes is now. 

Patagonia, Chile

November 9, 1973 (left) and October 8, 2007 (right)

Patagonia, Chile

September 18, 1986 (left) and August 5, 2002 (right)

Filchner Ice Shelf, Antarctica

November 11, 1973 (left) and November 10, 1986 (right

Petermann Glacier, Greenland

June 26, 2010 (left) and August 13, 2010 (right)

Warming Island, Greenland

August 11, 1985 (left), September 5, 2002 (center), and September 4, 2005 (right)

Helheim Glacier, Greenland

May 12, 2001 (left), July 7, 2003 (center). and June 19, 2005 (right)

Columbia Glacier, Alaska

July 28, 1986 (left) and July 2, 2014 (right)

Northwestern Glacier, Alaska

Circa 1940 (left) and August 4, 2005 (right)

Doldenhorn Mountain, Switzerland

July 24, 1960 (left) and July 27, 2007 (right)

Muir Glacier, Alaska

September 2, 1892 (left) August 8, 2005 (right)

Muir Glacier, Alaska

1891 (left) and 2005 (right)

Imja Glacier, Himalayas

Autumn 1956 (left) and October 18, 2007 (right)

Iceland

September 16, 1986 (left) and September 20, 2014 (right)

Cotopaxi Volcano, Ecuador

March 23, 1986 (left) and February 5, 2007 (right)

Okpilak Glacier, Alaska

June 1907 (left) and August 5, 2004 (right)

For more information and pictures, check out NASA's Images of Change initiative.

(All images credited to NASA.)

(H/T: ThoughtCatalog)