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2010-01-21 15:03:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO ) 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...

2009-08-24 10:54:00

GREENBELT, Md., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., made available to scientists in August the first unit of an expanded high-end computing system that will serve as the centerpiece of a new climate simulation capability. The larger computer, part of NASA's High-End Computing Program, will be hosting the agency's modeling contributions to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and other national and international climate...

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2009-03-19 15:15:59

NASA scientist and leading climate expert, James Hansen, said on Wednesday that more drastic measures may be needed in order to change the course of climate change policy. "The first action that people should take is to use the democratic process. What is frustrating people, me included, is that democratic action affects elections but what we get then from political leaders is greenwash," said Hansen as he headed to a protest against power firm E.ON in Coventry. "The democratic process is...

2009-02-23 11:51:03

U.S. space agency climatologists say 2008 was the coolest year since 2000 but the ninth warmest since continuous records were started in 1880. Scientists at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York said the Earth's 10 warmest years on record have occurred between 1997 and 2008. GISS climatologists said the planet's average surface air temperature was 0.79 degrees Fahrenheit above the global mean for 1951 to 1980, the baseline period...

2009-01-14 13:38:00

NEW YORK, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA climate scientist James E. Hansen has been chosen by his peers to receive the 2009 Carl-Gustaf Rossby Research Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the American Meteorological Society (AMS). (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Longtime director of the NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies (GISS) in New York, Hansen earned the Rossby Medal for "outstanding contributions to climate modeling, understanding climate...

2008-07-17 18:00:14

WASHINGTON, July 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA Administrator Michael Griffin on Thursday announced that Rob Strain will be the next center director of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. Strain is currently the head of the Space Department at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Lab in Laurel, Md. He will assume his duties as center director on Aug. 4. Goddard Space Flight Center is located approximately 6 miles northeast of Washington, near the Capital...

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2008-01-16 11:20:54

Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City have found that 2007 tied with 1998 for Earth's second warmest year in a century. Goddard Institute researchers used temperature data from weather stations on land, satellite measurements of sea ice temperature since 1982 and data from ships for earlier years. The greatest warming in 2007 occurred in the Arctic, and neighboring high latitude regions. Global warming has a larger affect in polar areas, as...

2007-02-10 13:08:45

Climatologists at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York City have found that 2006 was the fifth warmest year in the past century. Other groups that study climate change also rank these years as among the warmest, though the exact rankings vary depending upon details of the analyses. Results differ especially in regions of sparse measurements, where scientists use alternative methods of estimating temperature change. Goddard Institute researchers used temperature...

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2006-03-01 07:08:38

NASA -- Scientists from NASA and Columbia University, New York, have used computer modeling to successfully reproduce an abrupt climate change that took place 8,200 years ago. At that time, the beginning of the current warm period, climate changes were caused by a massive flood of freshwater into the North Atlantic Ocean. This work is the first to consistently recreate the event by computer modeling, and the first time that the model results have been confirmed by comparison to the climate...

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2005-01-13 16:35:00

Anthony Del Genio of the Cassini Imaging team takes a tour of the strange and perplexing world, Titan, where hurricane winds and supercold smog promise some of the most startling imagery in our solar system. The mission to descend towards Titan's surface will draw global attention, when a tiny space probe will test the limits of parachutes, cameras and communications. Astrobiology Magazine -- Imagine descending through hurricane-like conditions where wind speeds can reach 400 miles per hour...


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