Earth & Space Science News Archive
05 October 2010
The U.S. Supreme Court on 5 October heard oral arguments in a case involving whether NASA’s implementation of a 2004 Homeland Security Presidential Directive (known as HSPD-12) impinges on a constitutional right to informational privacy of scientists and others who work for the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) on unclassified projects, and who have been deemed by NASA as “low risk” due to the nature of their work. Twenty-eight Caltech employees working at JPL are plaintiffs in the case, National Aeronautics and Space Administration et al. v. Robert M. Nelson et al.
Climate scientist Phil Jones to lead research at CRU after third independent report clears his name and backs his science
2 June 2010
The Pacaya volcano in Guatemala erupted Thursday evening, killing a news reporter and making three children go missing. Also, a volcanic eruption of the Tungurahua volcano in Ecuador led to evacuations of nearby villages.
27 May 2010
The House Select Committee on Global Warming and Energy Independence held a hearing to address the harassment of climate scientists, including stolen emails from the University of East Anglia and legal challenges brought forth by the Attorney General of Virginia, Ken Cuccinelli.
An international inquiry panel has concluded climate researchers at the University of East Anglia's Climate Research Unit did not manipulate data and committed no deliberate scientific malpractice.
From March 17–24, an international team of scientists will map the seafloor off Chile to learn about the rupture site of the Feb. 27 8.8-magnitude earthquake. Read about their expedition in their blog.
Climate scientists will send a letter to Congress and federal agencies supporting the IPCC on Friday, 12 March. The letter not only discusses the strong support for the IPCC within the scientific community, but it also notes errors in the 2007 report and remarks on the urgency for policymakers to address climate change.
15 February 2010
Listen to AGU member Kevin Trenberth of the National Center for Atmospheric Research on NPR’s Morning Edition
5 February 2010
On 5 February 2010 Science published an editorial by Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, on scientific integrity and how the hacking of emails from the University of East Anglia has impacted public opinion of the scientific process. The full editorial is available online.
3 February 2010
The university found no evidence of suppressed or falsified data, destroyed data or emails, or misused information.
The Obama Administration released its budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year 2011 (FY11), which will begin on 1 October 2010. The next step in the annual budget process will be for Congress to hold hearings on each federal agency's request and then to adjust the numbers as they see fit. See a breakdown of federal agencies that incorporate Earth and space sciences.
8 December 2009
SYDNEY (AFP) — A monster iceberg nearly twice the size of Hong Kong island has been spotted drifting towards Australia in what scientists Wednesday called a once-in-a-century event.
3 December 2009
On 3 December, the U.S. Geological Survey celebrated 125 years of its national program for topographic mapping (1884–2009).
NASA has prepared an online Climate Essentials multimedia gallery to provide journalists, educators, and the public with copyright-free media content in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.
24 November 2009
New video from NASA's Cassini spacecraft shows the tallest known aurora above the northern latitudes of Saturn. Auroras occur on other planets, including Earth and Jupiter. These new images will allow scientists to better understand how auroras are generated.