In Brief March 2011 began with a major setback to improving NASA climate observation capabilities with the launch failure of the Glory satellite. Intended to improve both solar monitoring and aerosol impacts on global climate, Glory suffered a fate similar to its 2009 predecessor, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO), which also experienced a launch … Continue reading
Seventy National Science Academies from around the world have issued a joint statement today warning of increasing oceanic acidification in advance of a conference of governmental representatives from around the world in Bonn, Germany this week to discuss climate change. The Academies urged the participants to include acidification on the agenda for the governmental talks … Continue reading
Several studies released this year and last have focused on the health of the world’s forests. Considered the Earth’s “lungs”, forests, both around the equator and away from it, are responsible for removing immense amounts of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere while returning oxygen to it. The studies have returned mixed results.