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June 12, 2014
“Carbon Copy” Spacecraft Ready to Track Global Carbon Dioxide
On February 24, 2009, the launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory (OCO) mission - designed to study the global fate of carbon dioxide - resulted in failure. Shortly after launch, the rocket nose didn’t separate as expected, and the satellite could... >

June 12, 2014
New NASA space observatory to study carbon conundrums
NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to measuring carbon dioxide levels in Earth's atmosphere is in final preparations for a July 1 launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. >

May 30, 2014
Annmarie Eldering: Making good science happen
Dr. Annmarie Eldering has been with the OCO-2 mission since 2010, and has been collaborating with NASA Jet Propulsion Lab since she was a gradate student at neighboring Caltech in 1990. >

May 30, 2014
Obama to target power plants' carbon dioxide emissions
Chicago - On Monday, President Obama plans to unveil what is likely to be the most significant initiative of his presidency to combat climate change: a new rule to cut carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants, the country's single greatest... >

May 27, 2014
Carbon Dioxide Passes Global 400 ppm Milestone
A new carbon dioxide milestone has been reached according to the World Meteorological Agency. Average carbon dioxide measurements at all monitoring stations in the northern hemisphere were above 400 parts per million for the month of April, the first... >

May 20, 2014
Ralph Basilio: Unfinished Business
Dr. Ralph Basilio feels the full weight of the OCO-2 project on his shoulders. As Project Manager, he has ultimate responsibility for the success of the mission. After the launch failure of the first OCO satellite, which resulted in the loss of the... >

May 7, 2014
Study: Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Threaten Human Nutrition
Climate change is threatening human nutrition, according to experts, who say rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are robbing the global population of vital plant nutrients. That conclusion follows the release of the 2014 National Climate... >

May 5, 2014
Serendipity Leads to Nouvel Way to See Plant Health
Science is full of serendipity - moments when discoveries happen by chance or accident while researchers are looking for something else. For example, penicillin was identified when a blue-green mold grew on a Petri dish that had been left open by mistake. >

April 30, 2014
NASA Carbon-Counting Satellite Arrives at Launch Site
A NASA spacecraft designed to make precise measurements of carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere is at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final preparations for launch. >

April 17, 2014
NASA's OCO-2 Brings Sharp Focus on Global Carbon
Simply by breathing, humans have played a small part in the planet-wide balancing act called the carbon cycle throughout our existence. However, in the last few hundred years, we have taken a larger role. Our activities, such as fossil fuel burning and... >

April 15, 2014
Building Better Soybeans for a Hot, Dry, Hungry World
A new study shows that soybean plants can be redesigned to increase crop yields while requiring less water and helping to offset greenhouse gas warming. The study is the first to demonstrate that a major food crop can be modified to meet multiple goals... >

March 31, 2014
Ocean Acidification: The Other Carbon Dioxide Problem
Fundamental changes in seawater chemistry are occurring throughout the world's oceans. Since the beginning of the industrial revolution, the release of carbon dioxide (CO2) from humankind's industrial and agricultural activities has increased the... >

March 31, 2014
Satellite Shows High Productivity from U.S. Corn Belt
Data from satellite sensors show that during the Northern Hemisphere's growing season, the Midwest region of the United States boasts more photosynthetic activity than any other spot on Earth, according to NASA and university scientists. >

March 18, 2014
CO2 on Path to Cross 400 ppm Threshold for a Month
Last year, atmospheric carbon dioxide briefly crossed 400 parts per million for the first time in human history. >

Feb. 21, 2014
Target: Climate Change
Check out one of the feature stories in Aerospace America discussing OCO-2 and Jason-3! >

Feb. 20, 2014
Upcoming 1st OCO Applications Workshop!
Save the dates for April 3-4, 2014! >

Jan. 23, 2014
NASA 2014: Earth
In 2014, we are taking on the greatest challenge of our generation... >

Jan. 22, 2014
NASA Set for a Big Year in Earth Science
For the first time in more than a decade, five NASA Earth science missions will be launched into space in the same year, opening new and improved remote eyes to monitor our changing planet. >

Jan. 8, 2014
Microbe community changes may reduce Amazon's ability to lock up carbon dioxide
A paper in the January issue of Applied and Environmental Microbiology examines microorganism communities in the Amazon, where rainforests have been converted to pastureland >

Jan. 2, 2014
Earth More Sensitive to Increasing Greenhouse Gas Than Thought
Earth's climate may warm considerably more than expected in response to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide, a new study of a broad range of climate models hints. >


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