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Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/ 4/2009

NASA Celebrates Ten Years of Stunning Images

By Andrew Freedman

* A Wet Start to Week: Full Forecast | NatCast *

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Extratropical Cyclones near Iceland posted by NASA on January 2, 2007. Voted by Earth Observatory readers as a "top 10" image.

Last week marked the 10th anniversary of NASA's Earth Observatory, which is one of the best places on the Internet to gain a new appreciation for the mysteries of the planet we call home, and for how human activities are changing its atmosphere and ecosystems.

The observatory, whose stated mission is to "share with the public the images, stories, and discoveries about climate and the environment that emerge from NASA research," has put together a remarkable collection of imagery during the past decade. It recently posted a gallery of top 10 images, as judged by site users, which is simply breathtaking. My guess is that one of these images will soon wind up as your desktop background image, if you're like me and change yours on a regular basis to prevent boredom in your computer relationship.

Keep reading for more on NASA's Earth Observatory...

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Wilkins Ice Bridge Collapse by NASA on April 19, 2009.

The Earth Observatory's "Images of the Day" are frequently newsworthy, including recent ones documenting the collapse of the Wilkins Ice Bridge in Antarctica, and others showing the damaging fires along the South Carolina coast.

You can subscribe to the Earth Observatory's email digests that highlight their recent noteworthy images. The email content varies from the intriguing to the completely random. For example, my guess is that "sulfur dioxide emissions in Bulgaria," which was the image of the day on January 27th of this year, did not drive much traffic to their site. Nevertheless, much of the weekly digest content is worth checking out. I tend to scan the new images for anything newsworthy or different, occasionally muttering to myself, "Why thank you NASA, I would love to take a moment to look at Volcanic Activity on Mt. Erebus, instead of doing the work I should be doing." At the very least, procrastination of that sort has made me more prepared to answer a pub trivia question such as: "Where is earth's southernmost volcano, and what is it called?"

The site contains numerous postings relevant to global climate change, from remote sensing data on deforestation in tropical countries, to global temperature data and imagery of extreme weather events.

By Andrew Freedman  | May 4, 2009; 10:30 AM ET
Categories:  Climate Change, Environment, Freedman  
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Comments

Those are cool but in my opinion, the latest NSIDC Arctic Ice Extent graph is much cooler. It has almost recovered back to the 1979-2000 average!

And speaking of NASA - Another NASA scientist retires and then power slams the global warming scam!

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NASA Scientist Declares Climate Dissent: 'Scientific analysis must conclude the basic theory wrong!'

By Retired NASA Scientist Dr. Leonard Weinstein who worked 35 years at the NASA Langley Research Center, finishing his career there as a Senior Research Scientist. Dr. Weinstein is presently a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute of Aerospace.

Dr. Weinstein's April 23, 2009 Excerpt: The final question that arises is what prediction has the AGW made that has been demonstrated, and that strongly supports the theory. It appears that there is NO real supporting evidence and much disagreeing evidence for the AGW theory as proposed. That is not to say there is no effect from Human activity. Clearly human pollution (not greenhouse gases) is a problem. There is also almost surely some contribution to the present temperature from the increase in CO2 and CH4, but it seems to be small and not a driver of future climate. Any reasonable scientific analysis must conclude the basic theory wrong!! - Weinstein's full paper here.
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Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | May 4, 2009 11:56 AM | Report abuse

A "scientist", who like his fellow AGW believers doesn't like to release his raw data and/or methods (doesn't that really tell you all you need to know?), has been charged with scientific fraud.

An oft cited AGW "scientist" has had himself, his work, and now the University called into question. And the evidence is quite damning.

But don't take my word for it, read it for yourself.

It amazes me that even though so many of the AGW "scientists" refuse to disclose their data and methods, some people refuse to catch a clue.

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | May 4, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

In all fairness, if you suspect that someone may take your raw data and methods and attempt to duplicate your work (and validate your claims and findings), *AND* you know that your claims/findings can not be duplicated, then perhaps it is good idea to not disclose your raw data and methods. It is a tough call. ;)

Mr. Q.

Posted by: Mr_Q | May 4, 2009 12:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey, tropical fans!!! Just checked the Japan Met. Agency's website! It's only May 4...and we already have a typhoon!!!

Typhoon Kujira is east of the Philippines, headed out to sea, but it could pass offshore on a northeastward track just east of Japan. Max winds are 75 kts. w. gusts over 100 kts. That's Category One, not a super typhoon but a pretty nice start to the tropical season which began May 1 in the western Pacific.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | May 4, 2009 1:09 PM | Report abuse

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