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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.

Kenyans Turn to Foraging as Californians Bail Out from Torrential Rains

Kenyans are foraging for plants and instects that contain toxic chemicals and cooking them in unsafe water as Californians are struggling to cope with record breaking rains.

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

AGU urges federal agencies to maintain scientific integrity and transparency

American Geophysical Union Open Letter Urging Protection of Scientific Integrity

It is not unusual for incoming administrations to enact temporary hiring freezes or communications advisories. However, what has happened in the past few days bodes ill for an open and honest discussion about environmental issues, particularly climate change. As one EPA insider told me: “…(this) concerted effort to make scientific climate change information disappear rather than offer compelling arguments to…

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U.S. Weather and Climate 2016: 15 $1 Billion-Plus Disasters

Ranking as the second warmest year on record, 2016 was the 20th consecutive year average U.S. temperature exceed the norm. The 15 weather/climate related disasters that each resulted in losses of more than $1 billion contributed to making 2016 the second-worst year on record, according to NOAA’s latest annual report.

The world's coastlines with a 6 meter (19+ foot) rise in sea level. NASA

Sea Level Rise is Far Worse Than Previously Thought

Rising levels of greenhouse gasses are increasing global temperatures and this is causing sea levels to rise. Global warming causes sea levels to rise by melting ice sheets, glaciers, and sea ice; it also causes water to warm and expand. Sea-level rise and resultant flooding may be the greatest challenge facing humanity. Scientists agree that sea levels will rise and…

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Emissions reductions based on science. Failure is not an option

The Importance of Science-Based Emission Reduction Targets

The importance of science-based emissions reduction targets cannot be overstated. Failure to adhere to these targets will augur a climate catastrophe. The first round of emission reduction targets agreed to at COP21 are laudable, but climate scientists tell us that we must be even more ambitious.  Even if all nations achieve the emissions reduction targets contained in the Paris Climate…

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