A joint mission between NASA and Japan’s space agency, the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Core Observatory, will for the first time provide near real-time information about rain and snow around the globe.
Originally Published by EarthSky- A powerful earthquake struck Saturday morning (local time) off Japan’s east coast, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). The USGS is placing the magnitude of the quake at 7.3 at this time. No Pacific-wide tsunami warning was issued, but a 3-foot (3-meter) tsunami warning from Japan’s Meteorological Agency includes included a stretch of Japan’s northeastern coast, including the crippled Fukushima nuclear site. Later, Japanese television reported that the tsunami height was smaller, reaching only 1 foot (30 centimeters).
By Fatwa Ramdani Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan Expansion of oil palm plantations in Indonesia has contributed to a total forest loss of about 8 million hectares over the past 25 years. This expansion is attributable to the conversion of primary, secondary, or log forests. It is well-understood that land-cover changes influence the surface temperature on local, regional, and global scales. … Read More