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Human Activity in China and India Dominates the Greening of Earth, NASA Study Shows

11 February 2019

The world is literally a greener place than it was 20 years ago, and data from NASA satellites has revealed a counterintuitive source for much of this new foliage: China and India. A new study shows that the two emerging countries with the world's biggest populations are leading the increase in greening on land. The effect stems mainly from ambitious tree planting programs in China and intensive agriculture in both countries.

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NASA Finds Possible Second Impact Crater Under Greenland Ice

11 February 2019

A NASA glaciologist has discovered a possible second impact crater buried under more than a mile of ice in northwest Greenland.

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Eye in the sky – using satellites to better manage natural resources

08 February 2019

Looking up towards the stars at night, the sky can give the impression of being empty and infinite. In reality, space is getting more and more crowded every day.

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Copernicus Sentinel-2 helps preserve wild herbivores’ habitat in the Alps

07 February 2019

Located in the western Alps, between the Aosta Valley and Piedmont regions, the Gran Paradiso National Park is home to the original surviving Alpine ibex, chamois, mountain hares, weasels, marmots, foxes and many bird species, such as white ptarmigans and eagles—monitoring its grasslands with satellite data is helping to preserve them.

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2018 fourth warmest year in continued warming trend, according to NASA, NOAA

06 February 2019

Earth's global surface temperatures in 2018 were the fourth warmest since 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

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Soil Moisture Data Sets Become Fertile Ground for Applications

04 February 2019

An integrated data platform harmonizes many disparate soil moisture data sets to better inform disaster response planners, climate scientists and meteorologists, farmers, and others.

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Climate change: Blue planet will get even bluer as Earth warms

04 February 2019

Rising temperatures will change the colour of the world's oceans, making them more blue in the coming decades say scientists.

They found that increased heat will change the mixture of phytoplankton or tiny marine organisms in the seas, which absorb and reflect light.

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Huge Cavity in Antarctic Glacier Signals Rapid Decay

30 January 2019

A gigantic cavity — two-thirds the area of Manhattan and almost 1,000 feet (300 meters) tall — growing at the bottom of Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica is one of several disturbing discoveries reported in a new NASA-led study of the disintegrating glacier. The findings highlight the need for detailed observations of Antarctic glaciers' undersides in calculating how fast global sea levels will rise in response to climate change.

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Copernicus Sentinel-2 supports forestry in Finland

29 January 2019

During 2016, two Finnish friends, Joni Norppa and Lauri Häme founded the company Satellio Ltd and received funding from the Finnish government for a project to monitor forestry by utilising satellite images. Over the last few years, they became experts in handling satellite data very efficiently.

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Warming Seas May Increase Frequency of Extreme Storms

28 January 2019

A new NASA study shows that warming of the tropical oceans due to climate change could lead to a substantial increase in the frequency of extreme rain storms by the end of the century.

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Satellites saw rapid Greenland ice loss

22 January 2019

Greenland has gone through an "unprecedented" period of ice loss within the last two decades.

The Grace satellites revealed a four-fold increase in mass being lost from Greenland's ice sheet from 2003-2013.

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Are wildfires getting worse?

19 January 2019

Following what is the most destructive and deadliest wildfire season on record in California last November, there has been increasing concern about the severity of wildfires in the years to come.

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Indian Railways join hands with ISRO to allow live tracking

17 January 2019

Indian Space Research Organisation, ISRO has started working with Indian Railways to track trains and automatically feed the control charts about the train's arrival and departure.

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Watch how air pollution moves across Europe

14 January 2019

This is what pollution looks like on a European scale - the animation shows the concentration and movement through the atmosphere of nitrogen dioxide.

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SIAP joins Rezatec on COMPASS project to benefit Mexican farmers

14 January 2019

Mexico: SIAP, the Secretariat of Agriculture, Livestock, Rural Development, Fisheries and Food – part of the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture (SAGARPA) – has signed a declaration of intent with the UK Space Agency to provide historic, statistical and satellite data to support Rezatec's development of a crop yield optimisation tool for Mexican farmers and other supply chain stakeholders.

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The Copernicus EMS Monitors the Effects of Volcanic Eruption and Tsunami in Indonesia

08 January 2019

On 22 December the Anak Krakatau volcano, located about 50 km West of Java, in the Sunda Strait of Indonesia, erupted and partially collapsed. The volcano was reduced from 338 m to the 110 m of height, according to the Indonesia's Center of Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation press release. The undersea landslide caused by the eruption triggered a tsunami which hit the coastal areas around the Sunda Strait between Java and Sumatra islands of Indonesia. As of 28 December, the National Disaster Management Agency reported 426 casualties, over 7,000 people injured and over 40,000 people displaced.

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Evaluating the Efficiency of Data Assimilation

07 January 2019

Information is lost when researchers combine statistical models and remote sensing data, but just how much is often unclear. A new study offers a framework to measure the inefficiency.

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North American Bird Maps Enter the Space Age

19 December 2018

Birders, researchers and the general public now have a new way to monitor 107 bird species across North America in unprecedented detail, thanks to a collaboration between NASA and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York.

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Drones and satellite imaging to make forest protection pay

13 December 2018

Every year 7 million hectares of forest are cut down, chipping away at the 485 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) stored in trees around the world, but low-cost drones and new satellite imaging could soon protect these carbon stocks and help developing countries get paid for protecting their trees.

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Snow over Antarctica Buffered Sea Level Rise during Last Century

13 December 2018

A new NASA-led study has determined that an increase in snowfall accumulation over Antarctica during the 20th century mitigated sea level rise by 0.4 inches. However, Antarctica's additional ice mass gained from snowfall makes up for just about a third of its current ice loss.

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