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  • Near-real time snow information

    Satellite information on snow cover is now available through ESA's GlobSnow project soon after it snows. As well as posing a hazard to communities through transportation shutdowns and floods, snow cover is one of the most important elements influencing the planet's climate, meteorology and water systems. Understanding snow conditions helps us to predict floods and advance climate studies. ...


  • New inventory of Himalayan glaciers, snow

    A new survey of the Hindu Kush Himalayas (HKH) using satellite imagery establishes the extent of the glaciated area of the of the region and helps fill a crucial knowledge gap in the region, referred to as a 'white spot' in data in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s 2007 report. ...


    By SciDev.Net

  • NASA Opens New Era In Measuring Western U.S. Snowpack

    A new NASA airborne mission has created the first maps of the entire snowpack of two major mountain watersheds in California and Colorado, producing the most accurate measurements to date of how much water they hold. The data from NASA's Airborne Snow Observatory mission will be used to estimate how much water will flow out of the basins when the snow melts. The data-gathering technology could ...

  • California Snowpack 71 Percent Below Normal

    SACRAMENTO, California (ENS) - California water officials are bracing themselves for a low water summer. After the final snowpack measurements were announced on May 1, Department of Water Resources Director Lester Snow said statewide, the percentage of normal snow water equivalent is at 29 percent. This means the snow level is 71 percent below normal. Electronic sensor ...

  • US: Order issued to Kansas department of transportation to correct construction stormwater issues along U.S. highway 59 project

    EPA Region 7 has issued an administrative compliance order to the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT), directing it to correct a series of violations of a stormwater permit issued for the U.S. Highway 59 construction site in Douglas and Franklin counties of Kansas. EPA inspectors visited the highway construction site in August to evaluate KDOT’s management of stormwater and determine ...

  • Meltdown in the mountains

    The world's glaciers are continuing to melt away with the latest official figures showing record losses, according to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Data from close to 30 reference glaciers in nine mountain ranges indicate that between the years 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 the average rate of melting and thinning more than doubled. The findings come from the World Glacier Monitoring Service ...

  • Melting Andean glaciers impacts environmental outlook in Latin America

    World Bank engineer Walter Vergara gestures to a white patch on the mountainside. “You see that sliver of ice – that used to cover the entire mountain,” Vergara tells Dateline NBC in an April 20 report on Bolivia’s retreating glaciers. About 99 percent of the Chacaltaya glacier has disappeared since 1940. It was initially predicted to last till 2013, Vergara notes in his report, “The Impacts of ...


    By The World Bank

  • Jack Dangermond to receive UN top environment award for pioneering geo-spatial technology for conservation and development

    An environmental scientist and entrepreneur who revolutionized the use of geo-spatial technology for conservation is to receive the 2013 Champions of the Earth Award, the UN's highest environmental accolade. Jack Dangermond - who founded the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) with his wife Laura in 1969 - pioneered the use of Geographic Information System (GIS), which enables people ...

  • 2016 reveals deadly dangers of air pollution

    Beijing, London, Mexico City, New Delhi and Paris are among the cities that have drawn attention for their dangerously high air pollution levels in 2016 - but they're not abne. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has confirmed that 92 percent of the world's urban population now live in cities where the air is toxic. In India, a study found that 41 Indian cities of more than a million people faced ...


    By Camfil Ltd

  • WMO: 2015 likely to be Warmest on Record, 2011-2015 Warmest Five Year Period

    Climate Change Breaches Symbolic Thresholds, Fuels Extreme Weather Geneva 25 November 2015 (WMO) The global average surface temperature in 2015 is likely to be the warmest on record and to reach the symbolic and significant milestone of 1° Celsius above the pre-industrial era. This is due to a combination of a strong El Niño and human-induced global warming, according to the ...

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