Earth Science: February 2007 Archives

No more coal power, says NASA, Courier-Mail

"There should be a moratorium on building any more coal-fired power plants until the technology to capture and sequester the (carbon dioxide emissions) is available," said James Hansen, director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies."

NASA Releases More Earth Data for Google Earth, Google Earth Blog

"NASA continues to add some great visualizations for overlaying in Google Earth. This time they have added some data again from MODIS (Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer). As recently reported, you can get near real-time color imagery of the entire Earth viewable in GE4. Now, they have released more full-globe imagery which show different scientific data."

Editor's note: According to the 5 February 2007 Aerospace Daily & Defense Report: "Investigators working for NASA's inspector general have confiscated computers and interviewed political appointees in the agency's public affairs shop as a congressionally requested probe into political spinning of government-funded climate-change research results comes to a head. Among those who have had to turn over their laptops to the IG's gumshoes is Dean Acosta, Administrator Michael Griffin's former press secretary, who has since left the agency."

THEMIS Launched

NASA Launches THEMIS Satellites

"Taking multitasking to new heights, NASA launched the five THEMIS satellites aboard a single Delta II rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida at 6:01 p.m. EST. Racing into space on the flaming power of three rocket stages and nine solid rocket motors, the THEMIS satellites will soon disperse around Earth to monitor auroras like the Northern Lights."

Earth Science Update

Dana Rohrbacher and gassy dinosaurs, The Hill

"During a hearing last Thursday of the House Science Committee, Rohrabacher, who obviously has serious questions about how mankind relates to global warming, said, "We don't know what the other cycles were caused by in the past. It could be dinosaur flatulence. Who knows?" In just a few days, that comment quickly made the rounds on the Internet. Google searches for "Rohrabacher and dinosaur flatulence" hit 693 yesterday."

House Committee on Science and Technology Examines State of U.S. Weather Forecasting, Climate Monitoring Satellite Systems

"The nation is getting ready to spend a lot of money to deal with climate change in the coming years. I'm worried that we are going to be 'flying blind' if we don't ensure that America's Earth observation satellite system is up to the task of continuing to collect critical climate science data needed to guide our policy decisions," said Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN)."

House Committee on Science and Technology Committee Told Earth Observing Systems at Risk

"The National Academies decadal survey states that the Nation's system of environmental satellites is "at risk of collapse." The report goes on to say that the current state of "budgetary constraints and programmatic difficulties at NASA and NOAA have greatly exacerbated this concern. At a time of unprecedented need, the nation's Earth observation satellite programs, once the envy of the world, are in disarray."

Vice President Gore to Testify on Climate Change

"Former Vice President Al Gore, a leader on the issue of climate change, has accepted an invitation from Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman John D. Dingell (D-MI) and Science and Technology Committee Chairman Bart Gordon (D-TN) to testify on the issue before Congress."

Help Find Jim Gray

Colleagues mount their own search for missing sailor - High-tech analysis, spy plane are put into service,

"And in an unusual move, NASA on Friday sent one of its ER-2 aircraft, a civilian version of the U-2 spy planes like the one U.S. Air Force pilot Gary Powers was flying when he was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. The solo-piloted aircraft, equipped with both video and high-resolution digital cameras, spent three hours scouring about 7,000 square miles off the coast, in the hopes the cameras might pick up the boat or debris it may have left behind."

Tenacious Search at JHU

"Our friend and colleague Jim Gray set out sailing last Sunday and is missing. There is an all-out effort to search through available satellite images, with the hope that one of us might spot his boat."

Still no sign of sailor or his 40-foot boat, SJ Mercury News

" engineers used imaging software to split photos from a DigitalGlobe satellite into smaller segments, then loaded them onto Amazon's ``Mechanical Turk'' Web site -- where volunteers and other ``Friends of Jim'' can scan them from their own computers. To participate in the MTurk image analysis effort, go here.

NASA LaRC Email regarding censorship and global warming: A Message From the Office of Inspector General

"Pursuant to a request from 14 United States senators, the NASA Office of Inspector General (OIG) is conducting investigative and audit activities regarding alleged "repeated instances of scientists ... having publication of their research blocked, solely upon their views and conclusions regarding the reality and impacts of global warming."

Bush spaces out during Sputnik moment, opinion, Boston Globe

"This is not surprising for a president who has thrown away every report on climate change as a silly bauble. Bush told us he was waiting for "sound science." Eisenhower heard the sound of Soviet science -- the beep of Sputnik -- and prepared America for blastoff. It appears Bush will not understand the need for science until dead satellites rain down on the White House lawn."



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