- Published on Tuesday, 01 March 2016 14:31
High-precision and remote-controlled methane and ethane detectors assist scientists in determining methane emission levels from natural gas development in north-central Texas’ Barnett Shale. In October 2013, a pair of scientists took a technologically tripped-out van on a deliberately meandering methane detection mission across north-central Texas. Tara Yacovitch and Scott Herndon of Massachusetts-based Aerodyne Research comprised […]
- Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2012 00:01
Growing awareness of the deficiencies of today’s greenhouse gas inventories is inspiring innovation by scientists, policymakers and activists. There is growing hope for “top-down” schemes based on rapid and even real-time measurement of atmospheric greenhouse gases. Now the push is on to install ground and satellite-based instruments.
- Published on Tuesday, 06 September 2011 00:01
Earthzine speaks with Jayaraman Srinivasan, the climate modeler tapped to lead India’s Black Carbon Research Initiative, on the scientific and political context for research on soot and its role in glacial melting and climate change.
- Published on Monday, 31 January 2011 00:01
The GEO Carbon Strategy is a sweeping plan to multiply measurements of carbon flows and facilitate their conversion into analysis and model-building. The goal is to determine carbon’s fluxes through the environment with enough accuracy to pin-point the regions that are carbon sinks and sources. But the plan needs to secure the resources required to address under-observed regions and ecosystems.
- Published on Monday, 08 March 2010 00:01
The erratic progress made by the Democratic Republic of the Congo in capitalizing on the power of the Congo River for development of its economy is charted in this news analysis by writer Peter Fairley. Read his analysis here. NEW DEVELOPMENT: A Reuters news story confirms that the DRC government is pulling out of Westcor in favor of the Billiton-financed project.
- Published on Monday, 18 January 2010 00:01
South Africa, having proven its satellite capacity in the design, build out, and launch of SunSat and SumbandilaSat, is preparing to take its space program into higher orbit with the launch of a space agency. Twelve months ago President Kgalema Motlanthe signed legislation to create the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), and nominations for a board were approved in the fall. Its mandate is to promote the peaceful use of space, accelerate the industrial development of space technology, and foster research and international cooperation space science and engineering.
- Published on Monday, 11 January 2010 00:01
A month after South Africa succesfully launched it’s second Earth observation satellite, Sumbandila, Earthzine contributor Peter Fairley talks with Dr. Philemon Mjwara, Director General of South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology, about the launch, the benefits South Africa expects to reap from the satellite, and what’s in store for the future of developing countries’ involvement in Earth observation and sustainability.
- Published on Thursday, 07 May 2009 00:01
In Sniffing out Geothermal Energy Resources from the Surface, Sky and Space
, energy writer Peter Fairley travels to Paris to do on-the-scene reporting about the progress of geothermal energy in France and elsewhere. Fairley, the editor of the energy web journal Carbon-Nation, shows that geothermal is enjoying a renaissance among experts in many parts of the world as an effective alternative to fossil fuels that also reduces CO2
- Published on Friday, 05 December 2008 01:01
For perspective on biodiversity loss and the data management challenges facing the CBD, Earthzine contributor Peter Fairley interviewed Kalemani Joseph Mulongoy by telephone at the CBD Secretariat in Montreal. Since 1999, Mr. Mulongoy has served as Principal Officer in charge of the Secretariat’s Scientific, Technical and Technological Matters Division.
- Published on Tuesday, 15 July 2008 01:01
Earthzine speaks with Japan’s Deputy Director-General of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Mr. Aoyama, who represents Japan within GEO.
- Published on Thursday, 29 May 2008 01:05
“It’s almost a golden age of Earth observation because these many missions which are flying at the same time are all measuring different aspects of the system at the same time, and most with global extent. This is giving us, for the first time, the fodder for assembling an integrated view of the Earth.”
- Published on Tuesday, 15 April 2008 01:02
French geophysicist and GEO Secretariat Director Jose Achache discusses not only the vision, progress and achievements of GEO but also the challenges relating to resources and industry’s role in GEOSS with Earthzine contributor Peter Fairley.