Category: Earth Observation

Can anything stop the rhino poaching crisis?

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianAt the end of the 19th century, a group of 20-50 southern white rhinoceros were discovered in the Umfolozi-Hluhluwe region of South Africa. The species had been thought lost to the guns and trophy rooms of colonial hunters. Today their population is more than 20,000.

For States, $48 Million to Help Cut Emissions

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Originally Published by NYT > EnvironmentA small group of wealthy philanthropists will give the money to various groups with a regional focus that will guide states in reducing warming gases from electricity generation.

VIDEO: Finding future drugs in the dirt

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Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentScientists in the US appeal for soil samples from across the world to help find new naturally occurring agents for future medicines.

Agriculture: State-of-the-art soil

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Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian A charcoal-rich product called biochar could boost agricultural yields and control pollution. Scientists are putting the trendy substance to the test.

Earth’s ‘Planetary Boundaries’ Disrupted by Human Activities

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Originally Published by Environment News ServiceWASHINGTON, DC, January 16, 2015 (ENS) – Human activities have “dangerously compromised” four of the nine processes that are crucial to maintaining the stability of the planet, warns an international team of researchers.

A Closer Look at the Global Warming Trend, Record Hot 2014 and What’s Ahead

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianThere’s plenty of news coverage, including in The Times, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announcement that 2014 was the warmest year since careful record keeping began in 1880.

Finding farmland: New maps offer a clearer view of global agriculture

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Originally Published by EurekAlert! – Earth Science(International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis) A new global cropland map combines multiple satellite data sources, reconciled using crowdsourced accuracy checks, to provide an improved record of total cropland extent as well as field size around the world.

The world’s hottest volcanos

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Originally Published by EarthSkyA fascinating new analysis used satellite observations of 95 of Earth’s most active volcanoes to determine which volcanos on Earth have been the hottest since the turn of the century.

West Virginia Revisits Science Standards

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Originally Published by NYT > EnvironmentMembers of the West Virginia Board of Education will take up the teaching of climate science after accusations that the curriculum had been revamped to appease the state’s fossil fuel industry.

SpaceX capsule docks with International Space Station

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Originally Published by EarthSkyThe SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station on January 12. Image via NASA