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Earth observations show Europe’s natural wealth in steep decline

05 May 2018

In March 2018, French scientists reported a steep decline in the country's bird populations, primarily as a result of agricultural activity. Causes include the increase in monoculture, detrimental land-use policies and, perhaps most importantly, the growth in the use of powerful pesticides such as neonicotinoids, which, by killing off insects, reduces the bird population by reducing the food available to them.

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The floating islands of India

Loktak Lake is not only the largest freshwater lake in northeast India, it is also home to unique floating islands called "phumdis".

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CryoSat reveals retreat of Patagonian glaciers

02 May 2018

While ESA's CryoSat continues to provide clear insight into how much sea ice is being lost and how the Antarctic and Greenlandic ice sheets are changing, the mission has again surpassed its original scope by revealing exactly how mountain glaciers are also succumbing to change.

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Sentinels bring new outlook to Tibet glaciers

26 April 2018

On 17 July and 21 September 2016, two unprecedented giant ice avalanches of 70 or 80 million m3, respectively, rushed down from two adjacent glaciers in Tibet with speeds of up to 300 km/h, over slopes as low as a few degrees.

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Copernicus EMS and the International Charter Space & Disasters join forces

25 April 2018

After two years of intensive brainstorming and talks, Copernicus EMS and International Charter agreed how to join forces to better understand and manage the impact of emergencies and large disasters.

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Fraunhofer launches space radar and satellite technologies for avoiding orbital debris

27 April 2018

New innovations - including the GESTRA and TIRA surveillance radar systems - are expected to help reduce the cost of going into space, and protect orbiting assets from collisions.

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EarthCARE Science and Validation Workshop

11 - 15 June 2018

Organisation: European Space Agency

Location: Bonn, Germany

Workshop overview:

The international science community is invited to participate in the EarthCARE Science and Validation Workshop, which is jointly organised by the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the German EarthCARE Project Office at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology (MPI-M) and the European Space Agency (ESA), in cooperation with our partners, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Institute of Information and Communication Technology (NICT).

The workshop will provide the forum for the discussion of the preparation of the mission exploitation and its product validation. It combines the Seventh International EarthCARE Science Workshop – following the sixth workshop held in 2014 in Tokyo – and the First ESA EarthCARE Validation Workshop, following ESA's Announcement of Opportunity for submitting proposals for the calibration and validation of EarthCARE, to organise the activities of the Principal. The workshops will be arranged side-by-side in respective morning and evening sessions during the identified week.

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