India | 4 year difference seen by NASA
New satellite imagery released by NASA shows the vast growth of Indian cities in recent years.
Huge swaths of northern India, relatively dark in 2012 night shots, are lit up by huge new urban areas in imagery from 2016. This shows how hungry we are for energy!
Surat, in north-western Gujarat province, is expected to grow around 10% a year until 2030, "making it the strongest growing city in our global database," according to Oxford Economics.
Drastic changes driven by urbanization, migration, economic changes, and electrification. The fact that we can track all these different aspects at the heart of what defines a city is simply mind-boggling