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New Radar Technologies for the Aerosol/Cloud/Ecosystems Mission

Aerosol pollution in Northern India and Bangladesh. Source: Wiki Commons.
A three-dimensional, detailed structure of Hurricane Sandy measured by the TRMM Precipitation Radar (PR) on Oct. 28, 2012 at 1725 UTC (1:25 PM EDT). Source: NASA.New radar technologies are being developed to reduce uncertainties and gaps in climate data by improving the understanding of the interaction between aerosols and clouds.

UK Satellite Company to Combat Deforestation to Meet REDD+ Goals

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Photograph of an Amazon Burn Scar. UK-DMC-2 image copyright (c) '2012' DMCii.A UK satellite imaging company’s services will help the international REDD+ mission, which aims to decrease forest degradation and deforestation.

Study Shows Overall Air Quality to Worsen by 2050

Satellite imagery showing pollution over China blowing out to sea. Source: SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE.
Satellite imagery showing pollution over China blowing out to sea. Source: SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE.A newly released study shows that if no new climate change or air pollution legislation is implemented, average world air quality will worsen by 2050. This research is the first-ever analysis piece of all man-made air pollutants harmful to human health.

First Stewards Symposium Held to Address Climate Change

Photo of the Pacific Islanders Hawaii Delegation. Source: Wanda Archy
Photo of the Pacific Islanders Hawaii Delegation. Source: Wanda ArchyThe First Stewards symposium, held in Washington, D.C., brings together Native peoples to discuss the issue of environmental change.

European Earth Monitoring Competition Accepting Applications

Image of the GMES Masters Trophy. Source: Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen.
Photograph of the GMES masters trophy The GMES Masters Competition is accepting applications for market-oriented ideas until September 16.

First Sustainable Cooking Fuel Facility Opened in Mozambique

Screenshot of charcoal burning in Mozambique. Source: Vimeo.
Cassava leaves. Source: Neil Palmer, CIAT International Center for Tropical Agriculture.CleanStar Mozambique’s bio-ethanol cooking fuel plant has come online in an attempt to replace the country’s dependence on charcoal.

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Landsat

An artistic interpretation of Landsat 7. Source: NASA.
An artistic interpretation of Landsat 7. Source: NASA.The Landsat satellite series has provided the world with comprehensive, Earth-observing imagery for the past 40 years.

US Universities and Colleges Continue Commitment to a Sustainable Future

American College and University presidents' climate commitment logo Image Source: presidentsclimatecommitment.org
American College and University presidents' climate commitment logoThe American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment will continue its goal of promoting sustainability and climate neutrality, as discussed at a Climate Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C.

GEOSS 2012 Bonn Workshop Addresses Earth Observation for Global Sustainability Research

GEO logoIn August, the second GEOSS Science and Technology Stakeholder Workshop will be held to discuss the Earth observation needs of global sustainability research, address the “Grand Challenges”, and support the eight Millennium Development Goals.

Second-Annual IEEE Conference on Tech Solutions to Humanitarian Issues

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Photo of seattle. Image Source: IEEE GHTC.The annual IEEE Global Humanitarian Technology Conference will be held in October and aims to advance humanitarian goals through the collaboration of various technical participants.

Biosensor Breakthrough Means Better Chemical Detection

Image of a NASA Nanotechnology-Based Biosensor. Image source: NASA.
cropped image of a biosensor showing the ability to detect enrofloxacin. Source: Univ of New South WalesA new biosensor developed by University of New South Wales paves the way for a quicker response time and a better detection capability for identifying chemical compounds in samples.

U.S. Program Continues Climate Change Preparedness

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united states global change research program logo - 2A new 10-year strategic plan for the United States Global Change Research Program aims to continue scientific research to understand and prepare for climate change impacts by linking the federal workforce with other key players.