Category: Earth Observation

Carbon dioxide satellite mission returns first global maps

Originally Published by BBC News – Science & EnvironmentNasa’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO-2) has returned its first global maps of the greenhouse gas CO2.

Asia’s Fragile Caves Face Growing Development Risks

Originally Published by Yale Environment 360The limestone caves of Southeast Asia and southwest China are home to scores of species of plants and animals, many of them rare. But a rise in tourism, mining, and other human activities is increasingly placing these biodiverse environments at risk.

Even from Space, Holidays Shine Brightly

Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatorySatellite data reveals increases in December holiday lighting in the United States, mostly in the suburbs.

Lima talks set up climate deal for a ‘bad outcome’

Originally Published by New Scientist – EnvironmentThe outcome of the UN climate talks in Lima has left many people disappointed, raising questions over a climate deal next year in Paris

Tapping into Earth observation data for international development

Originally Published by ESA Observing the EarthA new initiative brings ESA and the Asian Development Bank together to exploit satellite Earth observation data for sustainable growth.

Live from the American Geophysical Union’s 2014 Fall Meeting

  For those of you who are not familiar with the AGU Fall Meeting, it’s something of a maelstrom of scientific information. So rather than trying to cover all the important sessions and events happening, I’ll instead offer 1-3 snapshots a day that are representative of some of the broader conversations occurring at AGU this year. […]

Soil and Landscape Grid of Australia

Originally Published by Google Earth BlogResearchers from across Australia have joined together to develop detailed digital maps of the country’s soil and landscape attributes. They have put the data online and made it available for free.

The Strati: a 3D-printed electric car that could be built in 24 hours

Strati, 3D printed car
Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianWhen Jay Rogers drove away from the International Manufacturing Technology Show in September and toured around Chicago in a two-seater, you could be forgiven for not paying much attention. Unless, of course, you’d watched it rise up out of a 3D printer the size of a shipping container over […]

The best science books of 2014

The Vumbi pride in Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park
Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianElizabeth Kolbert laid bare the devastating effect we’re having on our fellow species, while the superb Wildlife Photographer of the Year book showed us just what we risk losingWriters pick the best books of 2014More best books of 2014.

Bringing Out the Best in Technology: A Look Back at the IEEE 2014 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference


The 2014 Global Humanitarian Technology Conference drew nearly 300 attendees from multiple countries across the globe, offering technology designers, users and funders a chance to network and learn.