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The Importance of Briefing NASA Deputy Administrator Nominee on the Latest Climate Science

, senior climate scientist

At his Senate nomination hearing yesterday, when asked whether he agrees with the scientific consensus that climate is changing and humans are the dominant cause, NASA Deputy Administrator nominee James Morhard stated that he believes “the climate is changing and man has a significant impact on it.” When pressed further about whether he accepts the scientific consensus that humans are the dominant cause, he replied that he cannot speak authoritatively to make that statement. Given James Morhard’s discomfort with speaking to this topic, it is critical that moving forward, he be briefed expeditiously by experts from NASA’s Earth Science Division to fill this knowledge gap.

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Why NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System Matters

, senior climate scientist

Future funding for NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) was recently cancelled, leaving the important program in jeopardy unless Congress takes action soon.

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Proposed Budget Cuts to NASA’s Earth Science Division Are Damaging for All of Us

, senior climate scientist

NASA’s Earth Science Division should be equipped with the funds it needs to carry out its critical work so that our nation can remain at the cutting edge and thrive. Read more >

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What NASA Earth Missions are on the Chopping Block? – PACE, CLARREO, OCO-3, and DSCOVR

, senior climate scientist

The President’s 2018 Budget, released March 16, 2017, ‘terminates’ NASA Earth science missions PACE, CLARREO Pathfinder, OCO-3 and DSCOVR Earth viewing instruments.  What would we lose if these NASA missions were not continued through the appropriations process and eventually the President’s signature for the 2018 fiscal year?  Safeguards to avoid eating toxic shellfish, reduce aviation disruptions and take precautions for unhealthy air quality, to name a few.  Let’s tease apart the alphabet soup of NASA missions and take a brief look at a few of their potential benefits.

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How Important is NASA Research? The World Depends on It—And So Do You

, senior climate scientist

Word has it that the NASA Earth Science program is on the chopping block. Bad decision! Read more >

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