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Endangered Finback Whale Stranded On New York City Beach, Dies Overnight Wednesday
2012-12-27 15:07:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A nearly 60-foot-long whale that had been found stranded along a New York City beach on Wednesday was confirmed dead earlier today. The marine mammal, an endangered finback whale, washed up on the beach sometime Wednesday morning where it was found by a passerby, who dialed 9-1-1. Biologists rushed to the scene and discovered the animal was still breathing, yet did not have good news. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric...

Ringed And Bearded Seal Species To Be Protected As Endangered Species
2012-12-23 05:55:38

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Members of two Arctic Seal species will be protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) due to vanishing ice and snow in their habitats, officials from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced on Friday. The NOAA Fisheries division has declared the Ladoga subspecies of ringed seals, which live in northwest Russia, will be listed as endangered and three others, the Arctic, Okhotsk, and Baltic...

Major Midwestern Snowstorm Seen In Infrared Light By NASA
2012-12-21 17:01:31

NASA NASA and NOAA satellites have been providing data on the powerful low pressure area that dropped more than a foot of snow in some Midwestern states and prompted many warnings and weather advisories. NASA's Aqua satellite captured an infrared image, while NOAA's GOES-13 satellite data was compiled into an animation that showed the movement of the storm system. On Dec. 21 at 0729 UTC (2:29 a.m. EST), the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument that flies aboard NASA's Aqua...

Mapping Plant Stress
2012-12-06 18:06:13

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online [ Watch the Video: The Evaporative Stress Index ] This past summer, American farmers watched helplessly as billions of dollars worth of crops succumbed to drought conditions. In an effort to mitigate the adverse effect of future droughts, scientists at NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are looking to measure and track a potential bellwether of crop conditions: plant stress. Healthy plants...

2012-12-06 11:54:11

On December 6, NOAA will release a technical report that estimates global mean sea level rise over the next century based on a comprehensive synthesis of existing scientific literature. The report finds that there is very high confidence (greater than 90% chance) that global mean sea level will rise at least 8 inches (0.2 meters) and no more than 6.6 feet (2 meters) by 2100, depending upon uncertainties associated with ice sheet loss and ocean warming. The actual amount of sea level change...

Earth's Night Lights Imaged Like Never Before
2012-12-05 15:25:46

[ Watch the Video: Video Of Earth at Night ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Scientists unveiled new images of views of Earth at night using images taken by a new NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellite. The images show the glow of human-built cities throughout the Earth, giving the nocturnal peek at what it´s like looking down on the dark side of our planet. The day-night band of the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer...

Government Agency Proposes Dozens Of Coral Species For Endangered Species Act
2012-12-03 16:06:58

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online A new Endangered Species Act listings proposed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) would cover 66 coral species found in the Pacific and the Caribbean. NOAA said that in 2009, it received a petition to list 83 species of reef-building corals under the ESA from the Center for Biological Diversity. The organization found that the Center presented substantial information indicating a listing under the ESA...

NASA Study Finds Hurricane Strength Forecasts Could Be Improved
2012-11-28 15:58:25

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory Forecasters could soon be better able to predict how intense tropical cyclones like Hurricane Sandy will be by analyzing relative-humidity levels within their large-scale environments, finds a new NASA-led study. Scientists from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., UCLA and the University of Hawaii at Manoa analyzed relative humidity data from the Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS) instrument on NASA's Aqua spacecraft for nearly 200 North...


Word of the Day
abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.