Drake’s private jet shows the climate impact of the influencer economy

Drake’s private jet shows the climate impact of the influencer economy

The rapper’s Boeing 767 was a gift from a Canadian cargo airline. Source: Grist, a beacon in the smog,an independent news outlet and network of innovators working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck…

US-European Satellite Will Make World’s First Global Freshwater Survey

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The Surface Water and Ocean Topography mission will make measurements of over 95% of Earth’s lakes, rivers, and reservoirs.

Water is life, but for all its importance, humanity has a surprisingly limited view of Earth’s freshwater bodies. Researchers have reliable water level measurements for only a few thousand lakes around the world, and little to no data on some of the planet’s important river systems. The upcoming Surface Water and Ocean Topography (SWOT) satellite will fill that enormous gap….

The Birth of Random-Access Memory

The Birth of Random-Access Memory

Whether you’re streaming a movie on Netflix, playing a video game, or just looking at digital photos, your computer is regularly dipping into its memory for instructions. Without random-access memory, a computer today can’t even boot up.Over the years, memory has been made up of vacuum tubes, glass tubes filled with mercury and, most recently, semiconductors.But the first computers didn’t have any reprogrammable memory at all. Until the late 1940s, every time a machine needed to change tasks, it had…

NOAA joins CNES Space for Climate Observatory initiative

NOAA joins CNES Space for Climate Observatory initiative

The USA has joined the Space for Climate Observatory (SCO) initiative, fulfilling the commitment made by Vice President Kamala Harris during her November 2021 visit to France.
SCO is an initiative of the One Planet Summit under the leadership of the French National Center for Space Studies (CNES) to combine satellite and in situ data with scientific research to model and track climate change and its impacts at global-to-local scales. It is also working to establish indicators and decision-support tools in a…

Radar Technology Pioneer Merrill Skolnik Dies at 94

Radar Technology Pioneer Merrill Skolnik Dies at 94

Merrill SkolnikFirst recipient of the IEEE Dennis J. Picard MedalLife Fellow, 94; died 27 January
Skolnik served as superintendent of the radar division of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., for more than 30 years. While there, he made significant contributions including helping to develop high-frequency, over-the-horizon radar; a system that can identify friend or foe during combat; and high-resolution radar techniques.
For his work in the field, he was named the first recipient of the IEEE Dennis J. Picard Medal…

Biden Administration allocates US$2

Biden Administration allocates US$2.4bn in 2023 budget to NASA for climate and weather monitoring

President Joe Biden’s fiscal year 2023 budget intends to increase NASA’s Earth science funding for climate and weather monitoring and measurement to US$2.4bn.
The budget will be allocated to Earth-observing satellites and related research which is expected to enhance NASA’s ability to improve the world’s understanding of climate change. The Biden-Harris Administration submitted President Biden’s budget for fiscal year 2023 to Congress on March 28. The budget details his vision to deliver the agenda he laid out in his State of the…

Does planting trees actually help the climate? Here’s what we know.

Does planting trees actually help the climate? Here’s what we know.

Trees are great at capturing warming gases, but mass-planting efforts tell a tricky story.   Source: Grist, a beacon in the smog,an independent news outlet and network of innovators working toward a planet that doesn’t burn and a future that doesn’t suck…

Arctic Sea Ice Maximum at Tenth Lowest in Satellite Record

On February 25, 2022, Arctic sea ice likely reached its maximum extent for the year, coming in at the tenth lowest in the satellite record. The wintertime extent peaked at 5.75 million square miles (14.88 million square kilometers) and is roughly 297,300 square miles (770,000 square kilometers) below the 1981-2010 average maximum – equivalent to missing an area of ice slightly larger than Texas and Maine combined. This maximum ties with 2015 as the third earliest on record. Read the full…