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2011 Was Earth's 9th Warmest Year On Record
2012-01-19 14:23:11

[ Watch the Video ] NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) said 2011 was the ninth warmest year on record since 1880. GISS monitors global surface temperatures regularly, and it released and updated an analysis that shows temperatures in 2011 compared to the average global temperature from the mid-20th century. It found that Earth is continuing to experience warmer temperatures than what was experienced in the 20th century. The average temperature of the Earth in 2011...

NASA Study Shows Health, Food Security Benefits From Climate Change Actions
2012-01-13 10:02:50

A new study led by a NASA scientist highlights 14 key air pollution control measures that, if implemented, could slow the pace of global warming, improve health and boost agricultural production. The research, led by Drew Shindell of NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City, finds that focusing on these measures could slow mean global warming 0.9 ºF (0.5ºC) by 2050, increase global crop yields by up to 135 million metric tons per season and prevent...

2011-02-17 15:45:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA researchers will discuss a wide range of scientific and space exploration topics at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The meeting takes place Feb. 17-21 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW, Washington. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Media registration is open on site at the AAAS Newsroom Headquarters,...

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2010-12-08 09:08:07

Is it possible to wholly capture the diverse community and groundbreaking work done at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center? In October 2010 Goddard launched Oh Snap! A Week in the Life of Goddard, a campaign aimed at doing just that. Through more than 700 photographs submitted by Goddard employees at the Greenbelt, Md., campus; the Wallops Flight Facility at Wallops Island, Va.;, the Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City; the Independent Verification and Validation Facility in...

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2010-10-28 14:07:52

Wildfires may seem like a fixed and unchanging force of nature. They're not. Over long time scales, research has shown that both the climate and humans have a profound effect on wildfire activity around the globe. Now new NASA research shows that while we have been suppressing this natural force for the past century, we may be, inadvertently, about to put nature back in control. Charcoal layers in sediments and methane concentration in ice cores show that the amount of global burning can...

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2010-10-02 05:35:00

An unparalleled heat wave in eastern Europe, coupled with intense droughts and fires around Moscow, put Earth's temperatures in the headlines this summer. Likewise, a string of exceptionally warm days in July in the eastern United States strained power grids, forced nursing home evacuations, and slowed transit systems. Both high-profile events reinvigorated questions about humanity's role in climate change. But, from a global perspective, how warm was the summer exactly? How did the summer's...

2010-06-28 13:05:54

NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. recently introduced the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), an integrated set of supercomputing, visualization, and data interaction technologies that will enhance agency capabilities in weather and climate prediction research. "The NASA Center for Climate Simulation has been designed to meet the unique computational needs of the climate modeling community supported by NASA's Earth Science Division," said Phil Webster, chief of...

2010-06-28 10:08:00

GREENBELT, Md., June 28 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. recently introduced the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS), an integrated set of supercomputing, visualization, and data interaction technologies that will enhance agency capabilities in weather and climate prediction research. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "The NASA Center for...

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2010-06-02 09:25:00

Debuting in spring 2010, the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) is the new name for a Goddard Space Flight Center organization that has provided supercomputing resources to NASA scientists and engineers for over 25 years. "Computation here at Goddard is primarily to create datasets and make them available for science researchers around the world," said Phil Webster, chief of Goddard's Computational and Information Sciences and Technology Office, which includes NCCS. With climate and...

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2010-01-22 07:55:00

2009 One Of The Warmest Years A new analysis of global surface temperatures by NASA scientists finds the past year was tied for the second warmest since 1880. In the Southern Hemisphere, 2009 was the warmest year on record. Although 2008 was the coolest year of the decade because of a strong La Nina that cooled the tropical Pacific Ocean, 2009 saw a return to a near-record global temperatures as the La Nina diminished, according to the new analysis by NASA's Goddard Institute for Space...


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caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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