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Monday, August 28th, 2017

CoreLogic Analysis Shows More Than 200,000 Homes in Texas at Potential Risk of Storm Surge Damage from Hurricane Harvey

According to CoreLogic data analysis, 232,721 homes along the Texas coast with a reconstruction cost value (RCV) of approximately $39.6 billion are at potential risk of hurricane-driven storm surge damage from Hurricane Harvey, based on Category 3 predictions. Current projections do not expect Hurricane Harvey to exceed a Category 3 storm. The table below shows

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017

Human-Caused Warming Likely Led to Recent Stream of Record-Breaking Temperatures

According to authors of a new study from the American Geophysical Union, it is “extremely unlikely” that 2014, 2015 and 2016 would have been the warmest consecutive years on record without the influence of human-caused climate change. Temperature records were first broken in 2014, when that year became the hottest year since global temperature records

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World’s Polluters Escape Detection with Outdated Approach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 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

Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Celanese Continues Support of Marine Research and Sensitive Ecosystems with $150,000 Grant

DALLAS – Celanese Corporation (NYSE:CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, and an industry leader in environmental stewardship, has announced its continued support of the Gulf Coast’s Baffin Bay Ecosystem Study with a $150,000 grant, as well as serving as an advisory board member to help guide future scientific studies within the Baffin Bay

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Teledyne Optech Environmental Monitoring Capabilities Highlighted at Two Conferences

Teledyne Optech’s Coastal Zone Mapping and Imaging Lidar (CZMIL) system is a critical rapid environmental assessment tool for monitoring natural and man-made disasters. From detecting sewage pipe leaks, mapping oil slicks, and measuring coastline changes after hurricanes, to counting underwater debris in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, CZMIL excels at identifying and monitoring oceanic environmental

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

Monday, April 3rd, 2017

Nanosatellite Validates Aircraft Tracking, Prepares for Deorbit Demo

The CanX-7 nanosatellite built by Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies validated real-time detection and tracking of aircraft by a satellite in low-Earth orbit. The next mission phase will begin in early May 2017 with deployment of drag sails developed by SFL to accelerate the deorbiting of small

Tuesday, March 28th, 2017

Supersonic Plasma Jets Discovered

Information from the European Space Agency (ESA) magnetic field Swarm mission led to the discovery of supersonic plasma jets high up in Earth’s atmosphere that can push temperatures up to almost 10,000 degrees Celsius. Presenting these findings at the Swarm Science Meeting in Canada, scientists from the University of Calgary explained how they used measurements

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

SAGE III Installed on International Space Station

Just a little more than two weeks after its Feb. 19, 2017, launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon spacecraft, the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment III (SAGE III) is now safely installed on the outside of the International Space Station, where it will monitor ozone and aerosols in Earth’s upper atmosphere. In a highly choreographed

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