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Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

World’s Polluters Escape Detection with Outdated Approach

Sustainability data company Ecometrica called on countries and governments to adopt modern direct methods to measure climate-change emissions, following revelations by the BBC that official figures for emissions of climate-warming gases often are flawed, allowing some countries to underreport the level of pollution. “The time has come to move to direct monitoring of emissions and

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

NASA, Norway to Develop Arctic Laser-Ranging Station

NASA and the Norwegian Mapping Authority are partnering to develop a satellite laser-ranging station 650 miles from the North Pole that will produce high-precision locations of orbiting satellites, help track changes in ice sheets, and improve the efficiency of marine transportation and agriculture. The Arctic station will be the latest addition to a global network

Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

Wyland World Water Pledge to Inspire 7.5 Billion people For Sustainable Use of Global Water Resources

The signing of a new joint partnership between the Wyland Foundation and the United Nations Environment Program to protect the global marine environment through the Wyland World Water Pledge, a 10-year outreach program to inspire and engage every person on earth about the sustainable use of the planet’s ocean, lakes, rivers, streams, and wetlands. The

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Rusting Fool’s Gold in Glaciers a Sign of Increased Carbon

According to a new study published by USC scientists in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, rock and soil breakdown in glaciers generates more acidity and releases more carbon than other forms of natural weathering. Perhaps most interestingly, it is the elevated oxidation of pyrite, popularly known as “fool’s gold,” in the glacial

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The Remote Paradise with a Plastic Problem

In the middle of the South Pacific Ocean, far from the urban, developed world, there’s a small, lush, green island with white sand beaches. However, this uninhabited, remote corner of the tropics—Henderson Island—also has a trash problem. The beaches of Henderson Island have the highest density of plastic waste in the world, according to a

Monday, July 17th, 2017

Esri and Microsoft Partner to Accelerate Conservation

Land-cover mapping is a critical part of conservation planning, but current methods for collecting detailed geographic data are highly labor-intensive. Advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) can help, but they’re not yet widely accessible to those on the front lines of conservation and mapping. To improve this situation, Esri is collaborating with Microsoft to

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017

SSL to Provide WorldView Legion Constellation to DigitalGlobe

  MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. announced that its subsidiary Space Systems Loral (SSL) was selected to provide a next-generation satellite constellation for high-resolution Earth imaging to DigitalGlobe. Called WorldView Legion, the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites will more than double DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution capacity in important regions. The contract is valued at several hundred million

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

Satellites Predicting Locust Plagues

Satellites are helping to predict favorable conditions for desert locusts to swarm, which poses a threat to agricultural production and, subsequently, livelihoods and food security. Desert locusts are a type of grasshopper found primarily in the Sahara, across the Arabian Peninsula and into India. The insect is usually harmless, but when they swarm they can

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

High Temperatures Linked to Changes in Loggerhead Turtle Nesting

  Loggerhead turtles are particularly susceptible to climate change as the risk of nest flooding increases and the health of hatchlings declines. Florida holds the world’s largest nesting population of loggerheads, yet little is known about the species’ activity in nearby Cuba. A recent article published in Chelonian Conservation and Biology suggests changing climate may

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

AGS White Paper: There Is No Downside to Sustainability

The American Geographical Society (AGS) released a White Paper, “A Geographical Framework for Sustainable Development,” which offers leaders in the public sector and private enterprise a geographically inspired long-term plan for confronting sustainability challenges facing the planet. With critical ecosystems increasingly under threat, conserving and restoring these ecosystems is key to promoting a sustainable future

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