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Dec. 18, 2014
NASA's Spaceborne Carbon Counter Maps New Details
The first global maps of atmospheric carbon dioxide from NASA's new Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 mission demonstrate its performance and promise, showing elevated carbon dioxide concentrations across the Southern Hemisphere from springtime biomass burnin >

Nov. 18, 2014
Watch Carbon Pollution Spread Across the Planet
A striking new video from NASA reveals how the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide spreads across Earth in a single year. >

Nov. 12, 2014
NASA: Alaska Shows No Signs of Rising Arctic Methane
Despite large temperature increases in Alaska in recent decades, a new analysis of NASA airborne data finds that methane is not being released from Alaskan soils into the atmosphere at unusually high rates, as recent modeling and experimental studies have >

Oct. 2, 2014
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 Instrument Completes Checkout - 09.30.2014
NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) will soon complete its first 90 days of operations in space. The spacecraft meets or exceeds all functional and performance specifications, and all planned instrument checkout activities have been completed. Th >

Sept. 27, 2014
Dr. David Crisp speaks to Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Hear the Radio Interview with Dr. David Crisp! A new NASA satellite will monitor regional carbon dioxide sources and sinks. >

Sept. 9, 2014
Greenhouse gas levels rising at fastest rate since 1984
Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere between 2012 and 2013 grew at their fastest rate since 1984. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says that it highlights the need for a global climate treaty. >

Sept. 8, 2014
Chemical & Engineering News Cover Story: Observing Earth
Even as new satellites launch to observe air chemistry and climate, scientists worry about measurement longevity. >

Aug. 27, 2014
Crowdsourced climate-reporting project iSeeChange aims to expand with new partners
A project to crowdsource data on climate change is building on its roots in public radio’s Localore initiative, with two partnerships in the works to involve citizen scientists on a national scale. >

Aug. 26, 2014
We’ve Been Counting Carbon Dioxide Emissions All Wrong
All the world’s power plants will put out 300 billion additional tons of carbon dioxide during their lifetimes - a massive amount of carbon dioxide that isn’t taken into account by current schemes to regulate these emissions, according to a study... >

Aug. 21, 2014
Checking the First Data from OCO-2
On July 2, NASA successfully launched its first satellite dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission—operated by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory—will soon provide atmospheric carbon... >

Aug. 11, 2014
The view from space
Dr. Christian Frankenberg has been a Research Scientist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory since 2010. He develops software algorithms to retrieve information about carbon dioxide in our atmosphere from the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)... >

Aug. 11, 2014
NASA Carbon Counter Reaches Final Orbit, Returns Data
Just over a month after launch, the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) - NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide -- has maneuvered into its final operating orbit and produced its first science data, confirming the... >

July 30, 2014
Straggler to the A-Train
Carbon dioxide sources and sinks can now be measured from space at high resolution since the Orbital Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) successfully joined a constellation of six Earth-observing satellites, on 2 July. >

July 24, 2014
Making Science Useful
Karen Yuen is the Science Data Applications Lead for the Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) mission and has been with NASA for over 12 years. Working closely with the science team, she helps devise ways in which the mission’s scientific data can be... >

July 21, 2014
The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 – Opportunities for Deep Carbon Research
NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2 (OCO-2) was finally successfully launched on 2 July 2014 from Vandenberg Air Force base in California. This event marks not only the successful completion of unfinished business after the tragic January 2009 loss of... >

July 11, 2014
Earth Right Now Shareables on Flickr
Love your Earth Right Now (ERN) Shareables? You can now find them all in one place! The ERN Team has consolidated all the Shareables from the beginning of the campaign to present on the Earth Vital Signs Flickr Page. New ones will be added as they come... >

July 5, 2014
Gaia’s breath
A newly launched satellite will reveal even more about the planet’s workings than originally planned. >

July 3, 2014
OCO-2 joins the A-Train to study Earth’s atmosphere
Every day, above our planet, five Earth-observing satellites rush along like trains on the same “track,” flying minutes, and sometimes seconds, behind one another. >

July 2, 2014
NASA Launches Carbon Mission to Watch Earth Breathe
NASA successfully launched its first spacecraft dedicated to studying atmospheric carbon dioxide at 2:56 a.m. PDT (5:56 a.m. PDT) Wednesday. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2) raced skyward from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, on a United... >

June 30, 2014
Graphic: Measuring carbon dioxide from space
As part of the Earth Right Now campaign, a Carbon infographic was produced to highlight why we study carbon dioxide from Space. >

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