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Mapping Methane Emissions from Fossil Fuel Exploitation

Scientists track the sources of 97 million metric tons of methane emissions.

Dramatic Changes at Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai

NASA scientists have been closely watching the evolution of the volcanic island near Tonga since 2015.

Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha‘apai Erupts

Several Earth-observing satellites collected data during and after the potent blast spurred a tsunami and lofted volcanic material high into the stratosphere.

One Year into the Biden Administration, NASA Looks to Future

Over the past year, NASA has made valuable contributions to Biden-Harris Administration’s goals – leading on the global stage, addressing the urgent issue of climate change, creating high paying jobs, and inspiring future generations.

Colorado Faces Winter Urban Firestorm

Hurricane-force winds whipped fires across drought-parched grasslands and into suburban neighborhoods.

Reindeer as Ecosystem Engineers?

Herding could help curb Arctic greening and shrubification caused by climate change.

Grazing with Iceland’s Reindeer

While efforts to raise domesticated reindeer on the island failed, herds of wild reindeer prosper in East Iceland.

A Changed Landscape on La Palma

After slow-moving lava flows bulldozed their way down the volcanic peak for months, parts of the island now look more like a moonscape than a tropical paradise.

Snow Caps Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa

A “Kona low” weather system brought blizzard conditions and extreme precipitation to Hawai’i.

ABoVE Science Team Members Study Boreal Forest Patterns on ADAPT Using LVIS Data, Field Sensors, and Satellites

Members of the Arctic-Boreal Vulnerability Experiment (ABoVE) Science Team are leveraging the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) ADAPT Science Cloud to measure changes in vegetation, composition, and wildlife frequency and extent in Alaska and Northern Canada.

NASA to Highlight New Science Findings, Missions During AGU Meeting

NASA researchers and colleagues from around the world will present the latest findings on a range of Earth and space science topics at the annual American Geophysical Union (AGU) meeting, being held virtually and in New Orleans from Monday, Dec.13, through Friday, Dec. 17.

NOAA’s GOES-T has new launch date

NOAA and NASA are now targeting March 1, 2022, as the new launch date for NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite T (GOES-T) mission. The launch was recently scheduled for February 16, 2022. However, shifts in launch dates for missions scheduled ahead of GOES-T prompted NASA, NOAA, and United Launch Alliance (ULA) to coordinate the

Vice President Harris to Visit NASA Goddard Today, Deliver Live Remarks

Vice President Kamala Harris will visit NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland today, Nov. 5, to get a firsthand look at the agency’s work to combat the climate crisis and protect vulnerable communities.

NASA, USGS Release First Landsat 9 Images

Landsat 9, a joint mission between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) that launched Sept. 27, 2021, has collected its first light images of Earth. The images, all acquired Oct. 31, are available online.

NASA Partnership Supports the Next Generation of Space and Science Professionals

NASA's participation in the Mentoring365 program will provide connectivity and access to the next generation of space and science professionals.

A Record-Breaking Year for Fire in Sakha

Fires burned 8.4 million hectares in the eastern Russian republic.

What’s Behind California’s Surge of Large Fires?

Heat waves and droughts supercharged by climate change, a century of fire suppression, and fast-growing populations have made large, destructive fires more likely.

NASA Awards Sun-Sky Scanning Sun Photometers for the AERONET Project

NASA has awarded a contract for Sun-Sky Scanning Sun Photometers to CIMEL Electronique of Paris, France to support the AErosol RObotic NETwork (AERONET).

Lava Burns a Path Through La Palma

A slow-moving wall of basaltic lava is bulldozing its way through communities on one of the Canary Islands.

Research Shows More People Living in Floodplains

The proportion of the world’s population exposed to floods grew by 20 to 24 percent—ten times greater than what previous models had predicted.

NASA Launches New Mission to Monitor Earth’s Landscapes

Landsat 9, a NASA satellite built to monitor the Earth’s land surface, successfully launched at 2:12 p.m. EDT Monday from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California.

Lake Powell Reaches New Low

Water levels at Glen Canyon Dam have fallen to their lowest level since 1969 and are still dropping

Sudbury Impact Structure

Few craters are as large, or as old, as this impact structure in southeastern Ontario, Canada.

NASA TV to Air Landsat 9 Launch, Prelaunch Activities

NASA will provide coverage of the upcoming prelaunch and launch activities for the Landsat 9 satellite, a joint NASA and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) mission that will continue the legacy of monitoring Earth’s land and coastal regions that began with the first Landsat satellite in 1972.

A Changed Landscape in Southern Louisiana

Hurricane Ida left behind large new patches of open water that scientists will be watching closely to see if vegetation and healthy marshes return.

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