Tornadoes, fires, floods… The year 2021 was marked by events and disasters often linked to climate change.

Others, like the fall of Kabul, in Afghanistan, or the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano, in Spain, are not the consequence of human activity on global warming.

On the other hand, all these highlights of the past year can be observed and captured by the satellite photo from space. 

The point, with the images of Planet.



  • The day before the inauguration of the new President of the United States, Joe Biden, in the midst of a pandemic, the usual crowd is replaced by an inaugural “field of flags” on the Washington Mall on January 19, 2021.

  • As long as four football fields, as tall as a 20-story building, the container ship Ever Given ran aground on March 23 across the Suez Canal, blocking all traffic on this essential maritime axis.

    The six days required to clear the sand caused an unprecedented traffic jam of 422 ships loaded with 26 million tonnes of goods, which accentuated the supply difficulties linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • In July, western Germany experienced deadly floods that killed at least 190 people.

  • We see here that some streets of the city of Hagen have disappeared under water.

  • Kentucky, USA was also experiencing heavy rainfall during March.

  • Stream levels rose rapidly, causing flooding, like here at Stanton.

  • On August 23, the city of Kabul in Afghanistan fell to the Taliban.

  • This sudden defeat of the American and Afghan troops caused a movement of panic around the airport, the population seeking to flee the country.

    We see, here, the crowd gathering at the only front door of the airport.

    A suicide attack claimed by Daesh left at least 85 dead, including 13 American soldiers and two British, on Thursday, August 26, near the airport.

  • The record flooding that hit western Canada in November killed at least four people.

  • Torrential rains in the southwestern province of British Columbia caused landslides and flooding, which destroyed roads and infrastructure.

  • From Europe to the United States, increasing heat and decreasing precipitation have caused destructive forest fires.

  • This summer, Greece suffered from numerous forest fires which ravaged the country, like here on the island of Euboea.

  • In California, the “Dixie Fire” was so large that it generated its own climate by creating clouds called pyrocumulus, causing lightning, high winds and in return fueling the fire.

    The fires that raged during the summer, especially in North America, caused record CO2 emissions in July (1,258 megatonnes) and August (1,384.6 megatonnes) on a global scale, according to the European service observation of the Earth Copernicus.

  • The lack of rain in the western United States was seen in the state's water supplies.

  • The level of Shasta and Oroville lakes (photo) was dropping.

  • The eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma began on September 19.

    It is the first for 50 years on this small island located in the Canary Islands archipelago (Spain) in the Atlantic Ocean.

  • The eruption, the longest the island has seen, destroyed at least 1,345 homes and covered 1,237 hectares.

    Some 7,000 people have had to leave their homes in the valley towns affected by the lava flows.

    A year 2021 when volcanic activity was significant.

  • About 30 tornadoes killed nearly 100 people in Kentucky and neighboring states in mid-December. 

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