EarthDesk Sunday: NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 

by EarthDesk  | Oct 15, 2017

"Your planet is changing. We're on it." NASA adopted the motto during the Obama years, and is still on it. View the video about its Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2.  Afterward, more about the five papers NASA published in the journal Science presenting 2 1/2 years of Earth observation -- despite the war on science being waged by the current administration..  View full post. . .

Number of the Month: 32%

The October number is a twofer. Trump is repealing the Obama plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 32%. Meanwhile, Trump’s approval has bottomed at 32%. NRDC will sue over the emissions. There’s no court where the president can appeal his ratings slide.

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EarthDesk Sunday: “30 Days Timelapse at Sea” by JeffHK

Take just ten minutes on a good screen to view this exquisite video by sailor JeffHK. Of the attempts to portray graphically the magnitude of our oceans relative to the rest of the planet, Jeff surpasses most, journeying from the “Red Sea passing the Indian Ocean” “and then finally SouthEast China Sea arriving at Hong Kong.”

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Number of the Month: 1500 Dams

Pace student Rowan Lanning proposes a Deadbeat Dam Act to rid New York waters of nonfunctional dams that ruin aquatic ecostsystems. More than 1500 dams block Hudson River tributaries. The transformation of the Wynants Kill in Troy New York is evidence she is onto something. Video follows.

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EarthDesk is published by the Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment at Pace University; John Cronin, editor.


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Pruitt Cooks the Books to Hide Clean Power Plan Benefits ~ NRDC

Who Is the E.P.A. Administrator Scott Pruitt Meeting With? A Detailed Schedule ~ The New York Times

FEMA removes statistics about drinking water access and electricity in Puerto Rico from website ~ The Washington Post

Hudson River chemical dredging project moves forward ~ Albany Times Union

PTNY’s Latest

The latest from the Pace Takes New York image blog: “One does need a hint of color.” The Autumn harvest is coming in! Today, peppers from the Pace garden. Photo by Professor Angelo Spillo. 

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