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  • The 'New' NASA Will Look Back at Earth February 2, 2010
    The 'New' NASA Will Look Back at Earth
    NASA's new proposed budget will in part shift the space agency's focus...The 'New' NASA Will Look Back at Earth
  • Replacement satellite could play role in climate treaty December 8, 2009
    Replacement satellite could play role in climate treaty
    Spaceflight Now- NASA still has not received approval for a replacement...Replacement satellite could play role in climate treaty
  • What lies beneath December 3, 2009
    What lies beneath
    The planet’s ability to absorb carbon dioxide is under investigationWhat lies beneath
  • Scientists to NASA: We Need A Reliable Way to Track Global Emissions July 31, 2009
    Scientists to NASA: We Need A Reliable Way to Track Global Emissions
    From the WSJ (Wall Street Journal) Blogs: Environmental Capital-Daily analysis of the business of the environment by The Wall Street JournaScientists to NASA: We Need A Reliable Way to Track Global Emissions
  • NASA Releases Orbiting Carbon Observatory Accident Summary July 17, 2009
    NASA Releases Orbiting Carbon Observatory Accident Summary
    PASADENA, Calif. - A NASA panel that investigated the unsuccessful Feb. 24 launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, has completed its report.NASA Releases Orbiting Carbon Observatory Accident Summary
  • Hearing: 4/22/2009: Monitoring, Measurement and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions II: The Role of Federal and Academic Research and Monitoring Programs April 23, 2009
    Hearing: 4/22/2009: Monitoring, Measurement and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions II: The Role of Federal and Academic Research and Monitoring Programs
    Dr. Michael Freilich, Director for Earth Science Division, National Aeronautics and Space Administration testified on 4/22/09 which also happened to be a agency wide celebration of Earth Day. To read his witness testimony, please follow the link to the science and technology page for the US House of Representatives.Hearing: 4/22/2009: Monitoring, Measurement and Verification of Greenhouse Gas Emissions II: The Role of Federal and Academic Research and Monitoring Programs
  • NASA ponders 'carbon copy' of crashed mission April 15, 2009
    NASA ponders "carbon copy" of crashed mission
    Replica spacecraft for monitoring carbon dioxide could fly in a couple of years if money can be found.NASA ponders 'carbon copy' of crashed mission
  • EARTH MONITORING: Loss of Carbon Observatory Highlights Gaps in Data March 6, 2009
    EARTH MONITORING: Loss of Carbon Observatory Highlights Gaps in Data
    With rising temperatures altering a variety of ecological and weather systems on Earth, the current patchwork of sensors can't answer all the questions that scientists are asking. Land-based sensors have provided a conclusive picture of rising CO2 levels worldwide, for example, but researchers don't fully understand where all the carbon that humans and natural sources are pouring into the atmosphere ends up. How much is being absorbed and where?EARTH MONITORING: Loss of Carbon Observatory Highlights Gaps in Data
  • CLIMATEWIRE: Aging climate satellites 'a real problem,' academy head tells Congress March 4, 2009
    CLIMATEWIRE: Aging climate satellites 'a real problem,' academy head tells Congress
    Want to know how quickly climate change will warm the Earth or how fast sea levels will rise? Don't rely on a steady stream of data from the United States' aging stable of weather and climate satellites, the president of the National Academy of Sciences told Congress yesterday.CLIMATEWIRE: Aging climate satellites 'a real problem,' academy head tells Congress
  • NASA ANNOUNCES MISHAP BOARD MEMBERS FOR OCO INVESTIGATION March 3, 2009
    NASA ANNOUNCES MISHAP BOARD MEMBERS FOR OCO INVESTIGATION
    WASHINGTON -- NASA has selected the members of the board that will investigate the unsuccessful launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory, or OCO, on Feb. 24. Rick Obenschain, deputy director at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., will lead the mishap investigation board.NASA ANNOUNCES MISHAP BOARD MEMBERS FOR OCO INVESTIGATION

Watching the planet breathe
Watching the planet breathe

When plants photosynthesize, they use energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide from the air into sugars used to live and grow. In doing so, they give off a fluorescent light — a glow that can’t be seen with the naked eye, but that can be seen with the right instruments. More photosynthesis translates into more fluorescence, meaning that the plants are very productive in taking up carbon dioxide. The amount of carbon dioxide taken up by plants is called “gross primary productivity,” and is the largest part of the global carbon cycle.