Many of us have an idea of what inequality looks like in our day to day lives. What would it look like to an alien visiting Earth for the first time? A new study shows us you can see rich and poor areas from space, simply by the amount of trees in a neighborhood.
“Turns out there’s a direct correlation between the number of trees a neighborhood has and its monetary wealth — and we can see how this dynamic plays out in space. Environmental journalist Tim De Chant mapped it all out for us on his blog, Per Square Mile, where he worked up a small project called “Income Inequality, As Seen From Space.””