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With the increased interest in supporting and monitoring the implementation of international treaties on the World's Climate, such as Kyoto, the work dedicated to the study of the full range of variables is extensive.

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Climate at your fingertips

28 March 2017

Discover our planet's changing climate through the eyes of satellites with Climate from Space, a new digital book for iPad and Android tablets featuring interactive maps and video interviews with top scientists.

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ESA at COP22 Climate Change Summit

07 November 2016

The COP22 climate change summit opened today in Marrakesh, Morocco. ESA is joining international partners to report on the status of space-based climate research and propose improvements to how climate data are collected and distributed.

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Methane and carbon dioxide on the rise

13 May 2016

Satellite readings show that atmospheric methane and carbon dioxide are continuing to increase despite global efforts to reduce emissions.

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Sentinel-3 and the ocean carbon conundrum

25 February 2016

Each year, about a quarter of the carbon dioxide we release into the atmosphere ends up in the ocean, but how it happens is still not fully understood. The Sentinel-3A satellite is poised to play an important role in shedding new light on this exchange.

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ESA and World Bank hand-in-hand

03 December 2015

Today at the COP21 Climate Summit in Paris, the World Bank and ESA signed an agreement on using information from Earth observation satellites in support of sustainable development.

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International effort reveals Greenland ice loss

13 November 2015

One of Greenland's glaciers is losing five billion tonnes of ice a year to the ocean, according to researchers. While these new findings may be disturbing, they are reinforced by a concerted effort to map changes in ice sheets with different sensors from space agencies around the world.

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Is Europe an underestimated sink for carbon dioxide?

05 January 2015

A new study using satellite data suggests that Europe's vegetation extracts more carbon from the atmosphere than previously thought.

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Timing carbon turnover

03 December 2014

Scientists are using satellite data to improve understanding of the time it takes for a carbon atom fixed in a plant by photosynthesis to return into the atmosphere as carbon dioxide – known as ‘carbon turnover'.

Big Data from Space

21 November 2014

Climate Change, crisis information, digital humanitarians, disaster resilience, earthquake precursor, flood detection, forest monitoring, and green-house gases are just some of the themes where Big Data from Space plays a fundamental role and will change the way in which these themes are addressed. This emerges from the recent 2014 Conference on Big Data from Space, co-organised by ESA, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission, and the European Union Satellite Centre.

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My Planet from Space

07 October 2014

The fragility and beauty of our planet came into focus yesterday with a special viewing of satellite images at Rome's Palazzo delle Esposizioni. The event was attended by the heads of ESA, NASA, Italy's space agency and representatives from the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU.