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NASA space data can cut disaster response times, costs

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) According to a new study, emergency responders could cut costs and save time by using near-real-time satellite data along with other decision-making tools after a flooding disaster.

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Kilauea lava fuels phytoplankton bloom off Hawai’i Island

When Kilauea Volcano erupted in 2018, it injected millions of cubic feet of molten lava into the nutrient-poor waters off the Big Island of Hawai’i. The lava-impacted seawater contained high concentrations of nutrients that stimulated phytoplankton growth, resulting in an extensive plume of microbes that was detectable by satellite.

Bacteria feeding on Arctic algae blooms can seed clouds

(American Geophysical Union) New research finds Arctic Ocean currents and storms are moving bacteria from ocean algae blooms into the atmosphere where the particles help clouds form. These particles, which are biological in origin, can affect weather patterns throughout the world, according to the new study in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters.

NASA: Amazon Wildfire Activity Slightly Below Average This Year

Short summary: We have had wildfires for many years now in the Amazon, even in the tropical rainforest – mainly started by humans for forest clearing and ranching. It is not enough to impact significantly on the Paris agreement pledges…

A Few Days Of Warm Weather Doesn’t Signal A ‘Climate Emergency’

A few discomforts aside, most Brits will have enjoyed the heatwave. Much of the media commentary, however, seemed to view these precious few days of good weather as a portent of doom. Last week’s sweat-fest featured the highest July temperatures…

Trump Drops Attempts to Add Census Citizenship Question.  Here’s Why that’s a Climate Win.

President Trump announced on Thursday that he will drop efforts to get a citizenship question on the 2020 census.  The news comes hours after administration officials told reporters the president was considering a hail mary attempt to add the question…

Through smoke and fire, NASA searches for answers

(NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center) NASA satellites reveal a world marked by fire: a global patchwork of flame and smoke driven by the seasons and people. Summer wildfires rage across the western United States and Canada, Australia and Europe. In early spring, agricultural fires blanket the breadbasket regions of Southeast Asia as they do throughout the dry season in central and southern Africa and Brazil.

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5 Innovative Energy Storage Solutions of Tomorrow

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These days, it seems like all anyone can talk about is climate change, and with good reason. We recently got word that we don’t have long to turn the environment around before we’re all doomed. And at the center of the climate change conversation is the idea of renewable energy. In the mission to cut […]

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Resilience of Yellowstone’s forests tested by unprecedented fire

Researchers describe what happens when Yellowstone — adapted to recurring fires every 100 to 300 years — instead burns twice in fewer than 30 years. Yellowstone as we know it faces an uncertain future, the researchers say, and one of the big questions they hope to answer is whether the forests can recover.