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Call for nominations to the NOAA – David Johnson Award for Outstanding Innovative Use of Earth Observation Satellite Data

The NOAA – David Johnson Award is presented by the National Space Club in honor of the first administrator of what was to become the NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).

Hammering Out Our Differences

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tree_and_earth_cut.jpg “We have not met, yet I feel I know you well enough to call you friend.” So begins the letter to a Southern Baptist pastor that E.O. Wilson weaves into a riveting account of the peril posed by the extinction of life in The Creation: An Appeal To Save Planet Earth.

Earth Observation, Global Perspective

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Flowers in a meadow The next state of equilibrium during which humans will live in balance with the Earth’s ecosystems depends on the choices we make today. In turn, those choices are influenced by the way we view Earth. Daily, we each make decisions that impact our environment; collectively our actions affect the health and well being of Earth. Individually and collectively, we have the power to influence our environment and therein resides our hope for future generations.

TRMM Turns Ten

Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatoryFor the past 10 years TRMM has provided spectacular imagery of the interior structure of storm systems. The unprecedented data have improved our understanding of weather and climate. The Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission launched November 27, 1997.

Facing a Threat to Farming and Food Supply

Originally Published by washingtonpost.com – Science News and Headlines From The Washington PostSeveral recent analyses have concluded that the higher temperatures expected in coming years — along with salt seepage into groundwater as sea levels rise and anticipated increases in flooding and droughts — will disproportionately affect agriculture in the planet’s lower latitudes, where most […]

Emissions Growth Must End in 7 Years, U.N. Warns

Originally Published by washingtonpost.com – Science News and Headlines From The Washington Post The world will have to end its growth of carbon emissions within seven years and become mostly free of carbon-emitting technologies in about four decades to avoid killing as many as a quarter of the planet’s species from global warming, according to […]

A Looking Back at 50 Years of Earth Observations

Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatoryToday, the ability to forecast weather, climate, and natural hazards depends critically on these satellite-based observations. Satellites have revolutionized how humans view and understand the home planet, helped address fundamental scientific questions, and enabled a plethora of applications with important societal benefits. Continued Earth observations from space will be required […]

IPY Lights Fire of Discovery

Originally Published by Earth TodayIf you haven’t heard of the International Polar Year, read this article. IPY is an international effort to study the polar regions and improve our understanding of their role in and response to climate change.

World’s Power Plant Emissions Detailed

Originally Published by washingtonpost.comCenter for Global Development publishes report with database that shows the United States is the world’s biggest carbon dioxide emitter and that it will quickly be outpaced by rapidly-industrializing nations.

Earth Observations Used To Predict and Prevent Pandemic Outbreaks

Originally Published by Earth TodayThe ability of infectious diseases to thrive depends on changes in the Earth’s environment such as the climate, precipitation and vegetation of an area. NASA scientists have used Earth observations to help predict and prevent infectious disease outbreaks around the world. Remote sensing technologies are used for predicting the outbreak of […]

Bush dealt first veto override on water resources bill

Originally Published by GovExec.com Top NewsLegislation authorizes billions of dollars worth of Army Corps of Engineers water projects including $7 billion for Louisiana coastal restoration and hurricane protection and about $2 billion for the Florida Everglades.

New Delhi Air Quality Is Worsening, Group Says

Originally Published by NYT > EnvironmentAir quality in New Delhi has deteriorated significantly in the past two years, exposing the capital’s residents to heightened risk of a range of respiratory diseases, a leading environmental research group warns.