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December 13, 2017
NASA's CATS concludes successful mission on Space Station
Greenbelt MD (SPX) Dec 12, 2017
A spaceborne lidar instrument that fired more laser pulses than any previous orbiting instrument has ended its operations on the International Space Station, after a successful 33-month mission to measure clouds and tiny atmospheric particles that play key roles in Earth's climate and weather. During its mission, NASA's Cloud-Aerosol Transport System (CATS) lidar provided measurements of the vertical structure of clouds and aerosols, including volcanic eruptions, man-made pollution in China and In ... read more

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Understanding the climate impact of natural atmospheric particles
An international team of scientists, led by the University of Leeds, has quantified the relationship between natural sources of particles in the atmosphere and climate change. Their study, pub ... more
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First global maps of traits that drive vegetation growth
Detailed global maps of key traits in higher plants have been made available for the first time, thanks to work led by researchers from the University of Minnesota's (UMN) College of Food, Agricultu ... more
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UK-built satellite shines first light on air pollution
The first images from a satellite built in Stevenage that can map air quality across the globe have been released. Launched into orbit on 13 October, the Sentinel-5 Precursor monitors the atmosphere ... more
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Sentinel-5P brings air pollution into focus
Launched on 13 October, the Sentinel-5P satellite has delivered its first images of air pollution. Even though the satellite is still being prepared for service, these first results have been hailed ... more
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Haze pollution affects satellite cloud detection
It is very important to observe and study cloud properties because clouds play an important role in weather, climate, and the Earth's energy balance. Satellite remote sensing is commonly used to obt ... more
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French NGO helps African mums shake off AIDS stigma
To young African migrant women seeking help at a centre outside Paris, AIDS is much more than a disease. It is social death. ... more
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OGC seeks public comment on CDB Multi-spectral Imagery Extension
The "Multi-Spectral Imagery" extension defines how to encode and store reflected electromagnetic radiation from the infrared wavelengths into a CDB data store. This extension is limited to only addi ... more
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China launches remote sensing satellites in multiple launches
China launched remote sensing satellites at 2:10 am, Beijing Time, Saturday on a Long March-2C rocket from Xichang Satellite Launch Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. The satellites ... more

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Heavy nitrogen molecules reveal planetary-scale tug-of-war
Nature whispers its stories in a faint molecular language, and Rice University scientist Laurence Yeung and colleagues can finally tell one of those stories this week, thanks to a one-of-a-kind inst ... more
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NASA finds VA metro area is sinking unevenly
Anew NASA-led study shows that land in the Hampton Roads, Virginia, metropolitan area is sinking at highly uneven rates, with a few trouble spots subsiding 7 to 10 times faster than the area average ... more
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Forty years of Meteosat
ESA's first Earth observation satellite was launched on 23 November 1977. When the first Meteosat satellite took its place in the sky, it completed coverage of the whole globe from geostationary orb ... more
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NASA's TSIS-1 keeps an eye on Sun's power over ozone
High in the atmosphere, above weather systems, is a layer of ozone gas. Ozone is Earth's natural sunscreen, absorbing the Sun's most harmful ultraviolet radiation and protecting living things below. ... more
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NASA Links Port-City Sea Levels to Regional Ice Melt
A new NASA tool links changes in sea level in 293 global port cities to specific regions of melting land ice, such as southern Greenland and the Antarctic Peninsula. It is intended to help coastal p ... more
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Mapping functional diversity of forests with remote sensing
Ecological studies have demonstrated positive relationships between plant diversity and ecosystem functioning. Forests with higher functional diversity are generally more productive and stable over ... more
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Groundwater depletion maybe major source of atmospheric carbon dioxide
Humans may be adding large amounts of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere by using groundwater faster than it is replenished, according to new research. This process, known as groundwater depletion, re ... more
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Satellite Imagery Aids Rescue Efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria
The calls for assistance started days before Hurricane Harvey came barreling across America's doorstep this summer. First responders and government officials needed answers to prepare and protect co ... more

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US ready for North Korea talks 'without preconditions'

US urges talks as North Korea brags of nuclear arsenal

Tillerson 'confident' in North Korea talks plan

Kim vows to make N. Korea 'strongest nuclear power'

US, S. Korea 'discuss' military drills amid Olympic worries

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Ozone ups and downs
Climate scientists studying three decades of ozone measurements from seven satellites see a positive trend in global recovery thanks to international efforts to curb ozone-depleting substances. ... more
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SSTL to build UrtheDaily Constellation for UrtheCast
A signed contract for the Earth Observation satellites for the UrtheDaily Constellation was announced by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and UrtheCast of Canada. The UrtheDaily Constellation, ... more
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How storms will veer in a warmer world
Under global climate change, the Earth's climatic zones will shift toward the poles. This is not just a future prediction; it is a trend that has already been observed in the past decades. The dry, ... more
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Long March 4C launches Fengyun 3D meteorological satellite
China launched a new meteorological satellite, Fengyun 3D, at 2:35 a.m. Beijing Time Wednesday from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Northern China's Shanxi province. A Long March 4C roc ... more
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Satellite spots springtime phytoplankton bloom off New Zealand coast
Phytoplankton are proliferating along the coast of New Zealand's South Island. The bloom was photographed this week by the camera on NASA's Aqua satellite. The space agency shared the image on Wednesday. ... more
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The changing colors of our Living Planet
NASA satellites can see our living Earth breathe. In the Northern Hemisphere, ecosystems wake up in the spring, taking in carbon dioxide and exhaling oxygen as they sprout leaves - and a fleet of Ea ... more
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How ice in clouds is born
Something almost magical happens when you put a tray full of sloshing, liquid water into a freezer and it comes out later as a rigid, solid crystal of ice. Chemists at the University of Utah have pu ... more
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Global 2% rise in CO2 'giant leap backwards for humankind'
The carbon dioxide emissions that drive global warming, flat since 2014, are set to rise two percent this year, dashing hopes they had peaked, scientists reported at UN climate talks Monday. ... more
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