Category: Climate

Snffing out origins of methane: instrument identifies methane’s origins in mines, deep-sea vents, and cows

Originally Published by Earth & Climate News — ScienceDailyMethane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere for a long time. The gas can originate from lakes and swamps, natural-gas pipelines, deep-sea vents, and livestock. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas […]

Many California Farms and Orchards Idled By Drought, NASA Maps Show

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360In 2014 — the driest year ever recorded in California — farms and orchards in the state’s Central Valley took a major hit Enlarge

Keep an eye on your city’s pollution in real time

Originally Published by New Scientist – Environment High resolution cameras can now capture haze and air pollution activity in real time and post it online

NASA Launches New Satellite to Help Measure Soil Moisture

SMAP Launch Vehicle lifts off from Vandenberg, California
On Saturday, January 20 NASA successfully launched its Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite. The SMAP mission will provide data that can help to improve weather forecasts, flood planning, and more.

The Wonders Beneath Our Feet—The International Year of Soils

Rich soil held in hands
The United Nations has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. Opportunities for expanded monitoring and appreciation of soil abound, ranging from the NASA’s SMAP mission just launched at end of January to events offered by the Soil Science Society of America.

High Resolution Data from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission to Be Made Publicly Available

Recognizing the importance of high resolution data in climate resiliency planning, President Obama has announced a release of high resolution versions of data from the collaborative Shuttle Radar Topography Mission.

Hope against the odds is mood of NY climate march

Originally Published by New Scientist – Workers, teachers and activists concerned about the climate marched alongside Al Gore, Ban Ki Moon and Jane Goodall in New York on Sunday.

CO2 rises at fastest rate since 1984

Originally Published by BBC News -Concentrations of warming gases in the atmosphere reached record levels in 2013 say the World Meteorological Organisation.

New York climate summit is a chance to push for long-term climate neutrality

Originally Published by The Guardian – A meeting of heads of state with Ban Ki-moon is an opportunity to look at how we get greenhouse gas emissions to zero.

Tracking Snow: The Cryosphere in an Era of Climate Change

Matthew Sturm. Image Credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

A new generation of weather satellites is helping researchers gain insights into the complex relationship between the cryosphere – the planet’s cold regions – and the climate. With drinking water supplies dwindling around the world, understanding the cryosphere is becoming a front-burner issue.