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Europe Launches Fourth Earth Monitoring Satellite as US Congress Readies Axe for NASA Earth Science Research

The European Space Agency launched the fourth Copernicus-Sentinel Earth systems monitoring satellite this past week. Europe’s ongoing investments in space-based earth systems monitoring comes as a plan to axe NASA earth science/climate research budget makes its way to President Trump’s desk.

Latest Projections of Regional Sea Level Rise Emphasize Need for Ongoing Research, Adaptation Planning

Sea level rise along all U.S. coasts barring Alaska is projected to be higher than the global average in the three worst-case scenarios — 0.3-1 meter or more come 2100 — according to the latest projections from a public-private climate research partnership led by NOAA

An early conceptual drawing of NASA Space Solar Power

NASA and a Solar Revolution

It’s no secret that the Earth is in dire need of clean energy alternatives to fossil fuels. The source of that clean energy, however, doesn’t necessarily have to be on Earth. The Space Solar Power Initiative (SSPI) is a team of scientists from Caltech that includes researchers from NASA’s jet propulsion laboratory. These scientists propose building the largest-ever space structure…

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New Approaches Needed as Blazing Hot, Dry Conditions Lead to Longer, More Intense Wildfires

High temperatures and lack of precipitation have brought an early onset to the wildfire season, highlighting a continuing trend that requires improving the way we manage landscapes to enhance their resilience, according to the U.S. Interior Dept.

Landsat Study Reveals Greening Across North America’s Arctic

Analyzing 29 years worth of satellite images (1984-2012), a NASA Goddard Space Flight Center research team found nearly one-third of land cover has been changing to resemble landscapes in warmer ecosystems.

Land Masses Soaking Up More Water as Climate Warms

As ice sheets and glaciers continue to melt, continents and land masses around the world are soaking up and storing more water. That’s temporarily slowing sea level rise, according to new research from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and the University of California, Irvine.

Warmest End to the Warmest Year on Record

The latest State of the Climate report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) continues with its broken record of broken records. The NOAA report states that not only was 2015 the warmest year on record, it broke the record by the widest margin ever. Average global land and ocean surface temperature was 1.6° F (0.90° C) above the 20th century average, beating…

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