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Climate Week NYC 2015 kick off

Climate Week NYC 2015, convened by The Climate Group kicks off today with a live streamed opening press conference at the United Nations Headquarters, New York. In the most crucial year for climate action in history, the influential week will open with official remarks from the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban...


Launch of public sector executive briefing: how to scale the green bond market

Today we see the launch of an executive briefing for the public sector “Scaling Up Green Bond Markets for Sustainable Development” at the star-studded International Seminar – the Financial System, the Green Economy and Climate Change, organised by Febraban, the Brazilian banking association with UNEP and the Center for Studies...

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EU supports a full phase out of emissions, but falls short of action to achieve it

The EU’s negotiating position for the global climate talks in Paris in December, adopted by its Environment Ministers today, calls for climate neutrality  – a full phase out of all greenhouse gas emissions. At the same time, it falls short of providing details on the EU’s contribution to achieve...

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Christian Aid Calls On UK Government To Practice What It Preaches On Coal

Christian Aid today called on the UK Government to stop financing coal extraction abroad, as a meeting of rich countries deferred the decision to pull government financial support for risky foreign investments by the coal industry. Ahead of the UN climate change summit in Paris in December, OECD countries...


Political posturing while Asian forests keep burning

The Indonesian government appears to be taking a tougher line on forest fires, but the haze is worse than ever. Southeast Asia’s haze is back. Forest and peatland fires in western Indonesia are causing clouds of thick smoke full of unhealthy particles, which blow north across Malaysia and Singapore, disrupting...

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EU: put your weight behind renewables

Today, outside the meeting of Europe’s Environment Ministers discussing the EU’s negotiating position for global climate talks in Paris in December, climate groups staged a symbolic ‘tug-of-war’ between polluting fossil fuels and renewable energy . They called for EU governments to join the side of citizens and build a...


Britain’s Supermarkets step up to save forests

Asda has become the latest grocer to sign up to WWF’s Save Forests campaign, completing the line-up of major supermarkets lending their support, all pledging to ensure their timber and wood based products will be from sustainable sources by 2020. Now, all of the ‘Big Four’ supermarkets – controlling...


State of human rights and business – new report

The report from the Innovation Forum explores current ethical trade and human rights trends facing businesses and how firms are responding. The content of the report provides a great way to stay informed on this very dynamic topic. The briefing is complimentary and you can view the full version here....

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“Deep Decarbonization Pathways” Provide A Unique Lens On How The World Can Avoid Dangerous Climate Change

With an important United Nations climate change meeting approaching later this year in Paris, a new study from an international research consortium argues that deeply reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions is technically and economically feasible in the world’s largest economies and major developing countries. The report from the Deep...

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Greenpeace calls for overhaul of Pacific fishing practices after Nauru transshipment ban

Greenpeace Australia Pacific has called for a region-wide ban on the transshipment of fish catches following Nauru’s announcement today that it would no longer allow the practice in its waters. The Government of the Nauru issued the ban on transshipping in its waters outside its port, and is calling...


Crisis in global oceans as populations of marine species halve in size since 1970

Marine species around the world, including populations of fish critical to human food security, are in potentially catastrophic decline according to research published today. WWF’s Living Blue Planet, an updated study of marine mammals, birds, reptiles and fish, shows a decline of 49 per cent in the size of...

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The saying “It never rains but it pours” is truer than ever in Scotland, says new research into how our climate is changing

New research at the University of Warwick with colleagues from the London School of Economics has identified changes in the shape of rainfall across Europe; changes in the amount of drizzle compared with downpours and everything in-between. Professor Sandra Chapman of the University of Warwick and co-authors Professor Nicholas...

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Arctic sea ice reaches fourth lowest minimum

On September 11, 2015, Arctic sea ice extent dropped to 4.41 million square kilometers (1.70 million square miles), the fourth lowest minimum in the satellite record. This appears to be the lowest extent of the year. In response to the setting sun and falling temperatures, ice extent will now climb...

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Pope Francis puts pressure on EU Environment Ministers

Today’s meeting of Pope Francis with EU Environmental Ministers in the Vatican comes at a crucial moment, just two days before an extra Environment Council where EU Member States will adopt the EU’s position for the Paris climate summit in December. In reaction to the meeting, Wendel Trio, Director...

Credit NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image by Reto Stöckli (land surface, shallow water, clouds). Enhancements by Robert Simmon (ocean color, compositing, 3D globes, animation). Data and technical support: MODIS Land Group; MODIS Science Data Support Team; MODIS Atmosphere Group; MODIS Ocean Group Additional data: USGS EROS Data Center (topography); USGS Terrestrial Remote Sensing Flagstaff Field Center (Antarctica); Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (city lights).
This spectacular “blue marble” image is the most detailed true-color image of the entire Earth to date. Using a collection of satellite-based observations, scientists and visualizers stitched together months of observations of the land surface, oceans, sea ice, and clouds into a seamless, true-color mosaic of every square kilometer (.386 square mile) of our planet. These images are freely available to educators, scientists, museums, and the public. This record includes preview images and links to full resolution versions up to 21,600 pixels across.
Much of the information contained in this image came from a single remote-sensing device-NASA’s Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer, or MODIS. Flying over 700 km above the Earth onboard the Terra satellite, MODIS provides an integrated tool for observing a variety of terrestrial, oceanic, and atmospheric features of the Earth. The land and coastal ocean portions of these images are based on surface observations collected from June through September 2001 and combined, or composited, every eight days to compensate for clouds that might block the sensor’s view of the surface on any single day. Two different types of ocean data were used in these images: shallow water true color data, and global ocean color (or chlorophyll) data. Topographic shading is based on the GTOPO 30 elevation dataset compiled by the U.S. Geological Survey’s EROS Data Center. MODIS observations of polar sea ice were combined with observations of Antarctica made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s AVHRR sensor—the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer. The cloud image is a composite of two days of imagery collected in visible light wavelengths and a third day of thermal infra-red imagery over the poles. Global city lights, derived from 9 months of observations from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program, are superimposed on a darkened land surface map.

		Sensor Terra/MODIS
		Visualization Date 2002-02-08
			.	All Sensors MODIS
			.	All Satellites Terra MODIS
	.	All Categories Collections Blue Marble Blue Marble 2002

Apollo-scale clean energy research plan proposed by leading figures: Global Apollo Programme

We went to the moon. Not because it was easy but because it was hard. In an open letter to the Guardian, leading figures have called today for an ambitious initiative to make clean energy cheaper than coal launching the Global Apollo Programme. You can read the letter here, but...