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Hammering Out Our Differences

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

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 Observatory For 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. Topic: Weather

Facing a Threat to Farming and Food Supply

Originally Published by – Science News and Headlines From The Washington Post Several 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 […]

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

Originally Published by – 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 Observatory Today, 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 […]

IPY Lights Fire of Discovery

Originally Published by Earth Today If 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. Topic: Climate

World’s Power Plant Emissions Detailed

Originally Published by Center 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. Topic: Energy

Earth Observations Used To Predict and Prevent Pandemic Outbreaks

Originally Published by Earth Today The 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 […]

Bush dealt first veto override on water resources bill

Originally Published by Top News Legislation 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 > Environment Air 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. Topic: Health

Shrinking ice means Greenland is rising fast

Originally Published by New Scientist – Earth Greenland’s landmass is rising up to 4 centimeters per year. The accelerated rate of its rise is attributed to its shrinking ice dome. Topic: Climate, Water