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Feb. 9, 2022
NASA/JPL satellite captures CO2 data from Tonga volcano
This past month, an undersea volcano erupted near the South Pacific island of Tonga. >

Nov. 8, 2021
Satellites Could Help Track if Nations Keep Their Carbon Pledges
Scientists used satellite measurements of carbon dioxide to detect small atmospheric reductions over areas under coronavirus lockdowns. The approach could help track emissions more quickly in the future >

Oct. 28, 2021
On eve of climate summit, researchers sharpen emissions tracking
Remote sensing tools could reveal whether nations are adhering to their climate pledges >

April 20, 2021
How Scientists Are Using the International Space Station to Study Earth’s Climate
On Earth, we often look toward the sky longing to know what resides in the rest of the universe. Meanwhile, 250 miles above our planet, the International Space Station is looking back. >

June 28, 2020
Access a Global View of COVID-19 Impacts Produced by Unprecedented Collaboration of Space Agencies
ESA, NASA and JAXA have worked closely together to combine a wealth of data from Earth-observing satellites from the three space agencies to monitor the worldwide impacts of COVID-19. >

June 26, 2020
NASA finds drop in CO2, greenhouse emission in India during virus lockdown
India was among several countries in the world where greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide (CO2) emission from fossil fuels combustion reduced due to lockdowns imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration sa >

June 25, 2020
Space agencies join forces to produce global view of COVID-19 impacts
In an unprecedented collaboration, ESA, NASA and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have created a new tool that combines a wealth of data from Earth-observing satellites to monitor the worldwide impacts of COVID-19. This new online platform is now >

June 24, 2020
NASA, Partner Space Agencies Amass Global View of COVID-19 Impacts
In response to the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, NASA, ESA (European Space Agency), and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) have joined forces to use the collective scientific power of their Earth-observing satellite data to document plane >

June 4, 2020
Earth’s carbon dioxide levels hit record high, despite coronavirus-related emissions drop
The coronavirus pandemic’s economic downturn may have set off a sudden plunge in global greenhouse gas emissions, but another crucial metric for determining the severity of global warming — the amount of greenhouse gases actually in the air — just hit a r >

April 22, 2020
Earth science is more important than ever (op-ed)
In a time of global crisis, people are keenly aware of how interconnected we all are on planet Earth, even as many of us work in isolation or are disconnected from the way our lives were previously. >

March 6, 2020
NASA Satellite Offers Urban Carbon Dioxide Insights
A new NASA/university study of carbon dioxide emissions for 20 major cities around the world provides the first direct, satellite-based evidence that as a city's population density increases, the carbon dioxide it emits per person declines, with some nota >

May 31, 2018
NASA Invested in Cracking Earth's Carbon Puzzle
It's a scientific conundrum with huge implications for our future: How will our planet react to the increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere? >

May 10, 2018
Cracking a climate conundrum
In 2015, we earthlings – some 7.5 billion of us – discharged 36 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the air from many tailpipes and smokestacks. >

Oct. 12, 2017
New Insights From OCO-2 Showcased in Science
High-resolution satellite data from NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 are revealing the subtle ways that carbon links everything on Earth - the ocean, land, atmosphere, terrestrial ecosystems and human activities. >

Oct. 12, 2017
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
A new NASA study provides space-based evidence that Earth's tropical regions were the cause of the largest annual increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration seen in at least 2,000 years. >

Oct. 10, 2017
NASA Announces Briefing on Carbon Mission Science Results
NASA will hold a media teleconference at 11 a.m. PDT (2 p.m. EDT) Thursday, Oct. 12, to discuss new research to be published this week on changing global levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. >

Feb. 16, 2017
Earth Science on the Space Station Continues to Grow
The number of instruments on the International Space Station dedicated to observing Earth to increase our understanding of our home planet continues to grow. >

Dec. 15, 2016
3-D Animation: See How CO2 Moves in Earth's Atmosphere
Using data from a NASA satellite perched 436 miles above Earth's surface, scientists developed a 3-D model of carbon dioxide in the… >

Nov. 1, 2016
New, Space-Based View of Human-Made Carbon Dioxide
Scientists have produced the first global maps of human emissions of carbon dioxide ever made solely from satellite observations of the greenhouse gas. >

Oct. 25, 2016
Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Record High, Ushering in a New Era of Climate Reality
The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has reached a record-high level, ushering in a "new era of climate reality," according to the United Nations' World Meteorological Organization (WMO). >


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