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NOAA Satellite Back Online After ‘Micrometeoroid’ Strike

NOAA Satellite Back Online After ‘Micrometeoroid’ Strike

According to a NOAA press release, engineers were finally able to pinpoint why the satellite, known as GOES-13, had a sudden disruption in its orientation toward Earth on May 22. NOAA said Monday that a micrometeoroid, possibly from debris left over from other space missions, or “space junk,” likely hit the arm for the satellite’s solar array panel… Read More

IEA: World Can’t Afford to Wait for a New Climate Treaty

IEA: World Can’t Afford to Wait for a New Climate Treaty

The world cannot afford to wait for a new global climate change agreement to come into force in 2020, because doing so will mean an end to hopes of limiting global warming to moderate levels, one of the world's foremost authorities on energy has warned. Carbon dioxide emissions from energy rose by 1.4 percent in 2012 to a record high of more than … Read More

NOAA To Revive Essential Weather Satellite on Thursday

NOAA To Revive Essential Weather Satellite on Thursday

NOAA will revive a vital weather satellite that covers the Atlantic Ocean and East Coast after it went offline on May 22.… Read More

British Columbia Rejects Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Expansion

British Columbia Rejects Tar Sands Oil Pipeline Expansion

Efforts to expand production from the Alberta tar sands suffered a significant setback on Friday when the provincial government of British Columbia rejected a pipeline project because of environmental shortcomings. In a strongly worded statement, the government of the province said it was not satisfied with the pipeline company's oil spill response… Read More

NOAA Satellite May Be Back Online Soon, Official Says

NOAA Satellite May Be Back Online Soon, Official Says

“It doesn’t appear that there was any damage or any problem with any of the instruments on board,” said Capt. Debora Barr, acting deputy director of NOAA's Office of Satellite and Product Operations in Suitland, MD, in an interview. … Read More

Bill Would Shift NOAA Resources from Climate Research

Bill Would Shift NOAA Resources from Climate Research

A bill being drafted in the House could potentially undermine the climate science research activities and the oceans programs of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It also would open up the weather satellite sector, which has been a troubled area for NOAA in recent years, to more private competition.… Read More

Weather Satellite Outage Points to Larger Problems

Weather Satellite Outage Points to Larger Problems

The sick satellite, which engineers are working to fix, is responsible for observing weather systems across the eastern U.S. and the Atlantic Ocean, and is known as GOES-13, or “GOES East.” It is a geostationary satellite, which means that it stays in a fixed orbit at an altitude of about 22,300 miles above the equator, allowing it to keep a consta… Read More

NOAA Satellite Malfunctions, May Affect Forecasts

NOAA Satellite Malfunctions, May Affect Forecasts

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which operates the nation’s fleet of weather satellites, the weather satellite, known as GOES-13, initially malfunctioned at 3:40 AM on Wednesday morning, and an initial recovery procedure was unsuccessful at restoring it to operation.… Read More