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Environmental Activist Offers Solutions to Climate Change Disasters

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By Glynn Wilson — WASHINGTON, D.C. — It’s hard to get any official sources in the nation’s capital to talk openly about the reality of climate change due to global warming from the burning of fossil fuels. With the climate change denier in chief in the Oval Office ordering federal agencies to wipe science information…

NASA’s Cassini Spacecraft Ends Journey on Saturn

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft made its final plunge into the atmosphere of Saturn on Friday, ending its 13-year tour of the ringed planet. “This is the final chapter of an amazing mission, but it’s also a new beginning,” said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.…

Cassini Spacecraft Makes Final Approach to Saturn

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NASA’s Cassini spacecraft is on final approach to Saturn, following confirmation by mission navigators that it is on course to dive into the planet’s atmosphere on Friday, Sept. 15. Cassini is ending its 13-year tour of the Saturn system with an intentional plunge into the planet to ensure Saturn’s moons – in particular Enceladus, with…

NASA Flights to Track Greenhouse Gases Across Eastern U.S.

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By Glynn Wilson – An airborne experiment to improve scientists’ understanding of the sources of two powerful greenhouse gases and how they cycle into and out of the atmosphere is being launched this month by NASA. Atmospheric Carbon and Transport–America, or ACT-America, will measure concentrations of carbon dioxide and methane alongside related weather systems. The…

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Successfully Enters Jupiter Orbit

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By Glynn Wilson – Scientists have confirmed that Juno, a craft the size of a football field launched to explore some key secrets of space, successfully entered the volatile atmosphere in an orbit around Jupiter Monday night about the time most Fourth of July fireworks shows in the United States were climaxing. After a five-year…

NASA’s Juno Spacecraft Poised to Enter Jupiter’s Orbit

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By Glynn Wilson – As Americans party by the water, gorge on barbecue and take in the fireworks shows on the Fourth of July 2016, space scientists from Florida to California will be consuming coffee and staring at computer screens waiting to see if the Juno probe will successfully enter the volotile atmosphere of Jupiter.…

NASA Satellite Finds Unreported Sources of Toxic Air Pollution

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By Glynn Wilson – Scientists have located 39 new major sources of toxic sulfur dioxide emissions previously unreported by existing methods, according to a study published this week in the journal Nature Geosciences. A known health hazard and contributor to acid rain, sulfur dioxide (SO2) is one of six air pollutants regulated by the U.S.…

NASA Announces Largest Collection of Planets Ever Discovered

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By Glynn Wilson – We are closer than ever to answering the question: Are we alone in the universe? If there are other planets out there that could support life like Earth, NASA’s Kepler space telescope may find them first. Due to the most recent analysis of data from Kepler, launched in March 2009 and…

Celebrate Earth Day 24 on April 22 with NASA on Social Media

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This Earth Day, April 22, NASA is inviting people around the world to share what they are doing to celebrate and improve the home planet on social media, while the space agency shares aspects of a “day in the life” of NASA’s Earth science research. The Earth Day #24Seven campaign will give the world a…

New Study Shows Rising Earth Surface Temperatures Shattering All Previous Records

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Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses released on Wednesday by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Globally-averaged temperatures in 2015 shattered the previous mark set in 2014 by 0.23 degrees Fahrenheit (0.13 Celsius). Only once before, in 1998, has the new…

Worst El Niño Effects Yet to Come

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By Renee Lewis – The weather effects of El Niño, already blamed in large part for unusual winter floods, tornadoes and other extreme weather in the U.S., the U.K. and other countries during 2015, is far from over. Scientists predict El Niño’s worst effects will be felt in 2016. “El Niño 2015 has already created…

NASA Provides Proof That Sea Levels Are Rising Due to Global Warming

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By Glynn Wilson – WASHINGTON, D.C. – Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly 3 inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than 9 inches due to natural variation, according to the latest satellite measurements from NASA. An intensive research effort now underway, aided by NASA observations and analysis, points to…

NASA Satellite Camera Provides ‘EPIC’ View of Earth

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A NASA camera on the Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) satellite has returned its first view of the entire sunlit side of Earth from one million miles away. The color images of Earth from NASA’s Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) are generated by combining three separate images to create a photographic-quality image. The camera takes…

NASA’s New Horizons Reaches Pluto

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By Glynn Wilson – After a decade-long journey through the solar system, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft made its closest approach to Pluto on Tuesday, making it the first-ever space mission to explore a world so far from Earth. The craft passed 7,750 miles above the surface of the dwarf planet, roughly the distance from New…

NASA Releases Detailed Global Climate Change Projections

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The latest data from NASA shows changes in global temperature and precipitation through the year 2,100 depending on how much greenhouse gas emissions continue to plague the Earth’s atmosphere. The dataset, available to the public, shows projected changes worldwide on a regional level in response to different scenarios of increasing carbon dioxide simulated by 21…

Earth Day in the Nation’s Capital

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will celebrate the 45th annual Earth Day April 17-22 with a variety of live and online activities to engage the public in the agency’s mission to better understand and protect the planet. The agency uses the vantage point of space to increase understanding of the planet,…

New NASA Mission Launched to Study Environmental Changes on Ocean Health

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NASA is beginning work on a new satellite mission that will extend critical climate measurements of Earth’s oceans and atmosphere and advance studies of the impact of environmental changes on ocean health, fisheries and the carbon cycle. Tentatively scheduled to launch in 2022, the Pre-Aerosol Clouds and ocean Ecosystem (PACE) mission will study Earth’s aquatic…