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Climate change and the rise and fall of civilizations

December 23, 2013

Shifts in climate – both large and small – are at least partly responsible for the rise and fall of many ancient civilizations. Could today's climate change threaten our modern way of life? NASA satellites are helping to uncover secrets of the past, with an eye to the future.

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Improving Climate Change Predictions, One Cloud at a Time

January 7, 2013

Clouds are currently the greatest source of uncertainty in climate change predictions. By modeling the complexity of clouds at small scales, researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory are working to improve climate prediction models in a big way.

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NASA Maps How Nutrients Affect Plant Productivity

November 1, 2012

A new analysis led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has estimated how much the growth of plants worldwide is limited by the amount of nutrients available in their soil.

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NASA Study Solves Case of Earth's 'Missing Energy'

May 9, 2012

Inconsistencies between satellite observations of Earth's heat and measurements of ocean heating led NASA scientists to reexamine the data to solve the puzzle.

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Navy bracing for climate change

March 22, 2012

Climate change is here, whether we like it or not, and the Arctic is one of the fastest-changing places on the planet. The U.S. Navy has developed Arctic and climate change roadmaps to guide the way it adapts to climate change.

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Conclusions and reflections: Eleventh-hour agreement

December 11, 2011

Dr. Erika Podest is representing NASA at the latest United Nations' conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa. She reports the latest from the talks on the world's forests, which must be an integral part of the solution to climate change.

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Great expectations: See what tomorrow brings

December 9, 2011

Dr. Erika Podest is representing NASA at the latest United Nations' conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa. She reports the latest from the talks on the world's forests, which must be an integral part of the solution to climate change.

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My big day: Earth's climate as seen from space

December 8, 2011

Dr. Erika Podest is representing NASA at the latest United Nations' conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa. She reports the latest from the talks on the world's forests, which must be an integral part of the solution to climate change.

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A multi-faceted problem: Famine, forests and poverty

December 7, 2011

Dr. Erika Podest is representing NASA at the latest United Nations' conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa. She reports the latest from the talks on the world's forests, which must be an integral part of the solution to climate change.

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Working together: Kyoto's last chance?

December 6, 2011

Dr. Erika Podest is representing NASA at the latest United Nations' conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa. She reports the latest from the talks on the world's forests, which must be an integral part of the solution to climate change.

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Seeing the wood for the trees

December 5, 2011

Dr. Erika Podest is representing NASA at the latest United Nations' conference on climate change in Durban, South Africa. She reports the latest from the talks on the world's forests, which must be an integral part of the solution to climate change.

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The Smoking Gun of Climate Change

May 25, 2011

Professor Julia Slingo OBE, Chief Scientist of the U.K. Meteorological Office, gives us her perspective on climate change and the state of the climate.

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New Ventures

May 25, 2011

Noted climate researcher Graeme Stephens discusses his vision as Director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's new Center for Climate Sciences.

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Communicating Climate Change

May 25, 2011

How do we effectively talk about climate change, and are we really communicating what we think we are? Susan Hassol of Climate Communication shares her insights, with advice about what we need to think about.