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Get Involved in Climate Action

Time to Act as the US President says No to the Global Community and No to the International Climate Agreement

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Climate Change Laws Around the World
Trends in Climate Change Legislation

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'Cut those Web Pages, Fire the Scientists, Shut Down the Advisory Panels, Hide the Data'

Slice and Dice, Hack and Chop, Delete and Disappear the Climate Language
Trump admin has hidden or taken offline 40,000 data sets that used to be public
EPA dismisses half of key board’s scientific advisers; Interior suspends more than 200 advisory panels
Government Failure: Order to shut down access to data services

On or Off? The EPA Open Data Website Going or Staying, or Staying but 'Data-Edited'?

Oh, BTW, Re: the "Coming Ice Age"

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Facts Matter today, yesterday & tomorrow

Earth and Space, Politics

New Definitions of National Security

Scientists Fear Climate Data Gap as Trump Aims at Satellites

How to Damage Local, National, and Global Security: A Trump Case Study in Practice

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Radiant Earth Project

Open geospatial data for positive global impact, and improved decision-making

Industry experts said over the past five years the number of operational satellites has jumped 40%, and nearly 1,400 now orbit the Earth.

This number could more than double over the next five years as satellites become smaller, lighter and more affordable.

Satellites collecting data and monitoring the Earth

Applications are far reaching - from tracking plant health through chlorophyll to gauging the impact of natural disasters and the surveillance of illegal logging.

India recently participated in the launch of 104 satellites — 101 of them for foreign companies and agencies - in a single mission as part of its strategic bid for a bigger share of the $300 billion global space industry.

Experts at the Seattle summit said the multiple launch, described as a world record by its space agency, was also significant because 88 were shoebox-sized Dove satellites launched by Planet, a San Francisco-based private satellite operator founded by former NASA scientists.

The constellation of small satellites will, once settled into orbit in six months' time, will photograph the entire Earth every day.

"Satellite imagery might be one of the most powerful and unbiased tools to tell people what is going on with the planet", explains Albert Lin, Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego.

The key, he said, lay in finding ways to translate enormous amounts of information into something that can be understood by everyone.

This means finding ways of sorting and interlinking the trillions of bits of data sent to Earth and re-construct them into readable, digital and sometimes 3D models.

In some cases, data can be analyzed with the help of communities of "citizen scientists sitting alone at their computers all over the world."

"This is a wake-up call that satellite imagery is not just about questions and insights but also about engaging the entire planet in observing the planet, together."

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Press Release / March 23, 2017

Actions to Protect Earth Science/Climate Data From Trump Orders to 'Delete/Suspend/Revise/Rescind'

Records Requests Seek to Preserve Hundreds of Data Sets on Wildlife, Oil Industry, Climate Change, Sea-level Rise

WASHINGTON — The Center for Biological Diversity, along with noted conservation biologist Stuart Pimm and the Center for Media and Democracy, launched an effort today to prevent hundreds of environmental data sets on government websites from being removed by the Trump administration.

To preserve or resurrect what has already been removed by the administration, the centers and Dr. Pimm submitted three separate Freedom of Information Act requests for data sets to eight federal agencies: the Army Corps of Engineers, the Council on Environmental Quality, the Environmental Protection Agency, NASA and the departments of agriculture, commerce, energy and interior.

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), when federal agencies receive requests for the same records three or more times, they must make the records freely available to the public on their websites, a rule known as “the Beetlejuice provision.”

“By removing or hiding hundreds of data sets [PDF] containing critical information about the climate, wildlife and the health of our oceans, Trump and his cronies are blatantly trying to conceal the truth from the American people,” said Amy Atwood, a senior attorney at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Thankfully our scientists have the Freedom of Information Act to keep this vital information in the light of day.”

Today’s legal requests seek hundreds of data sets on energy usage, renewables, oil and gas projections, coal reserves, climate data, sea-level rise, human population, environmental justice and the status of scores of endangered and threatened species and other wildlife. More specifically, they seek information relating to conservation of aquatic systems, residential energy consumption and Endangered Species Act “Section 7” consultations, a step taken by federal agencies to avoid jeopardizing listed species.

Media outlets have reported on the loss and vulnerability of federal data relating to some of today’s most pressing environmental issues, pointing out the disappearance of data sets from agency websites under the Trump administration and documenting scientists’ efforts to save them.

“The U.S. government produces and maintains some of the most important information that scientists use in their research,” said Dr. Stuart Pimm, a Duke University professor and research scientist — and a founder of conservation biology — and the second requester of data. “Along with the Herculean efforts of volunteer scientists around the country, I’m doing what I can to protect this information because it’s critical these data remain available to academic institutions for scientists and future generations.”

How destruction of climate science documents/data sets/online info proceeds even as legal actions move to block the administration's attempt to purge facts and scientific evidence

Disappearing “Science” from the Core Mission Statement of the EPA Office of Science and Technology

Activists Rush to Save Government Science Data

Challenges: Of Course and We're Taking Them On

To Be — or Not to Be a Planet Citizen
Acting on Behalf of the Common Good

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As the New Year Dawns, We Share a Moment with Planet Citizens

To Andrew Revkin, a True 'Planet Citizen' as Dot Earth Signs Off and Andrew Moves on to ProPublica

Andrew Revkin to Join ProPublica as Senior Reporter on Climate Change

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Planet citizen Bill Mollison, who presented a gift of Permaculture globally

In Memory of Bill

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Memories of George, Planet Citizen Who Envisioned an Environmental Renaissance

Remembering the 'start-up' of the environmental movement and the first US environmental laws... founding legal precedents many of which came from forward-looking green visionaries like your GreenPolicy siterunner's friend and mentor, George, who passed away suddenly in 1999.

Rep. George E. Brown, Calif

George's decades of work in Congress in air quality/clean air, water and the founding of the EPA highlighted the era's achievement... George was out in front in "big science" -- his profound accomplishments are esp missed now as anti-science positions threaten in the current US Congress

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Astronauts Sam Cristoforetti and Ron Garan, the 'Overview Effect' few citizens have ever experienced

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Yes, to Italian "Astro Sam" and her #HelloEarth views and messages to us here on the home Planet.

And we greatly appreciate the newest from Astronaut Ron Garan as his interactive project "Orbital Perspective" is published this week. Some 45 years ago, near the end of December 1968 and beginning of an auspicious 1969, we began seeing the Apollo 8 mission's first-ever images of our "whole earth". It's not overstating to say - these images from above changed everything. These pictures from space looking back at Earth, taken as Apollo circled around the moon, carried realizations with the images -- that together we are planet citizens.

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We welcomed a perspective that no human had ever had.

January 1969 was an eye-opener as the images of Earth were broadcast. We celebrated the images and our place in the cosmos even as we, the planet and our populations, were in the midst of violent war and troubled times.

Today, the famous Earthrise photo rekindles our memory, and the serendipity of how the Apollo 8 crew was lucky that day as, looking out their window, the Earth suddenly came into view. There was no "mission plan" to take Earth photos and the astronauts scrambled to get to a camera, put in film and shoot a few frames. They were in awe, they said, and fortune was in play that day. There we were, us, Earth. In the Earthrise images our space traveling planet citizens captured a realization of our wholeness, connectedness, and our shared future as together we spin thru space.

Later, the Apollo 17 mission, as the program was coming to its end, brought home the "Blue Marble" photograph, the first complete 360° image of our planet, a high-res Earth described as the most reproduced photo in history. It is the first photograph taken of the whole round Earth and still is only one of the whole earth ever snapped by a human being. Of the two living astronauts, Cernan and Schmitt, who believe they were the photographer who took the photo, here is how one describes his view.... Whichever astronaut of the three aboard Apollo 17 who snapped the picture, what is most memorable is Earth360:

"You have to literally just pinch yourself and ask yourself the question, silently: Do you know where you are at this point in time and space, and in reality and in existence, when you can look out the window and you're looking at the most beautiful star in the heavens -- the most beautiful because it's the one we understand and we know, it's home, it's people, family, love, life -- and besides that it is beautiful. You can see from pole to pole and across oceans and continents and you can watch it turn and there's no strings holding it up, and it's moving in a blackness that is almost beyond conception."

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The sense of awe, an Earth point of view, has continued to be communicated by astronauts since and has continued to be shared, more recently with high tech ways to see and experience our Earth as planetary citizens as we see from the International Space Station. The term "Overview Effect" begins to share the experience.

We celebrate our Planet Citizens who bring home messages how we can collaborate to make a difference, to make the world a better place.

Ron Garan: "You don’t need to be an astronaut to have the orbital perspective"...

"When we look down at the earth from space, we see this amazing, indescribably beautiful planet. It looks like a living, breathing organism. But it also, at the same time, looks extremely fragile... Anybody else who's ever gone to space says the same thing because it really is striking and it's really sobering to see this paper-thin layer and to realize that that little paper-thin layer is all that protects every living thing on Earth from death, basically. From the harshness of space."

"The Goal is to bring people along on our space missions not as spectators but as fellow crew mates." --

"It is truly moving to look at Earth from space. And when we do – we also have the privilege of sharing this orbital perspective with people back on our planet. We are all riding through the universe together on this spaceship we call Earth, we are all interconnected, we are all in this together. We are all family."

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Planet citizen Naomi Klein, "This Changes Everything"

Speaking @ the Bioneers conference, 2014

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Bill McKibben, founder of, planet citizen, and former advisor to our GreenPolicy new venture.

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GreenPolicy360 highlights Rebecca Moore

Rebecca envisioned setting up Google Outreach -- and she did.

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Pope Francis, the first Catholic pontiff to name himself after the patron saint of the environment

Catholic pontiff speaks of the environment

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John Rensenbrink, Maine Green and US Green Party co-founder

Editor, Green Horizon Magazine

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Rebecca Solnit

"There are really only two questions for activists: what do you want to achieve? And who do you want to be? And those two questions are deeply entwined. Every minute of every hour of every day you are making the world, just as you are making yourself, and you might as well do it with generosity and kindness and style. That is the small ongoing victory on which great victories can be built, and you do want victories, don't you?"

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January 2017

Stories of the Day

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The Arctic Thaws -- US and Russia Prepare for Historic Gas/Oil Development in the North

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December 2016

Hear ye, Hear ye

A 'Planet Citizen', California Governor Jerry Brown steps up at the AGU to deliver a speech for the times

All Hands on Deck

Eyes open, stay sharp, on alert

America’s science community is getting organised as never before to hold the new administration and Congress to account

To Andrew Revkin, 'Planet Citizen Reporter' as he signs out at Dot Earth & moves on to ProPublica

Andrew Revkin to Join ProPublica as Senior Reporter on Climate Change

A Dot Earth Farewell

November 2016

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Elon's a planet citizen with energy powering up the vision

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October 2016

The Military and Climate Security Budgets Compared

The U.S. military’s latest National Security Strategy says that climate change is “an urgent and growing threat to our national security, contributing to increased natural disasters, refugee flows, and conflicts over basic resources like food and water.”

What they don’t say is that the overall balance of U.S. security spending should be adjusted to fit that assessment. And we know less about how much we are spending on this urgent threat than we used to, since the federal government hasn’t produced a climate security budget since 2013.

In this new report, Combat vs. Climate, the Institute for Policy Studies steps in to provide the most accurate climate change security budget currently available, drawing data from multiple agencies. And it looks at how these expenditures stack up within the overall 'security budget.'

Tags: Environmental Security; Environmental Security, National Security; Global Security; New Definitions of National Security

Report: Combat Vs. Climate

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and fellow Planet Citizen-Bioneer and Leo's close friend, Oren Lyons, Chief of the Onondaga Iroquois

Oren Lyons - "We Are Part of the Earth" (Video / 7:38)



Remembering Rachel, Planet Citizen

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September 2016


"Eco-nomics" for the 21st Century

  • A Necessary Challenge to Neoliberal Economics
  • A Shift from Short-term Profits to Resilient, Sustainable Economies


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Stephen Hawking on ITV (and PBS)

"Runaway climate change... A rise in ocean temperature would melt the ice-caps... with catastrophic effects." #AGW #CAGW

Often referred to as an Einstein of our current era, Stephen Hawking points to "runaway climate change" as a profound threat to global security. In the same (labored) breath, he communicates a profound warning re: the other existential threat he sees -- nuclear weapons. At Strategic Demands the escalating threat of nuclear weapons is revealed and tracked -- as Cold War 2.0.

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August 2016
Elon Musk & Co
Renewable Energy: Beyond Tesla with #PlanetCitizen
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July 2016
Another Record for the Hottest Year

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Climate Change Denial in Motion

Defenders of Fossil Fuel Business-as-Usual Push Defense

Via Inside Climate News

August 31, 2016 - The chairman of the House Science Committee has announced a hearing next month into the refusal by two state attorneys general to comply with subpoenas seeking information on their investigations into ExxonMobil...

US House Science Committee Acts to Defend ExxonMobile Against Attorneys General

ExxonMobile Faces Multi-state AG Investigation

Politics: US Democratic Party Platcom Meetings

Democratic Party environmental positions voted into platform

Update from the Democratic Party Platform Hearing on Environmental/Climate Issues

Via George Monbiot

August 3, 2016 -- This (year), on current trends, will be the hottest year ever measured. The previous record was set in 2015; the one before in 2014. Fifteen of the 16 warmest years have occurred in the 21st century. Each of the past 14 months has beaten the global monthly temperature record. But you can still hear people repeating the old claim, first proposed by fossil fuel lobbyists, that global warming stopped in 1998. Arctic sea ice covered a smaller area last winter than in any winter since records began...

If you blinked you would have missed the reports, but perhaps the most striking aspect of the Democratic platform (the party’s manifesto) approved in Philadelphia last week was its position on climate change. Hillary Clinton’s campaign now promises a national and global mobilisation “on a scale not seen since World War II”. She will seek to renegotiate trade deals to protect the living world, to stop oil drilling in the Arctic and Atlantic, and to ensure the US is “running entirely on clean energy by mid-century”.

There are some crashing contradictions in the platform. To judge by one bizarre paragraph, the Democrats believe they can solve climate change by expanding roads and airports. It boasts about record sales in the car industry and promises to cut “red tape”, which is the term used by corporate lobbyists for the public protections they hate. But where it is good it is very good, reflecting the influence of Bernie Sanders and the nominees he proposed to the drafting committee.

Donald Trump, on the other hand – well, what did you expect? Climate change is a “con-job” and a “hoax” that was “created by and for the Chinese in order to make US manufacturing non-competitive”. His manifesto reads like a love letter to the coal industry. Coal, it says, “is an abundant, clean, affordable, reliable domestic energy resource”. He will defend the industry by rejecting the Paris agreement, stopping funds for the UN’s climate change work, ditching President Obama’s clean power plan and forbidding the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon dioxide.

What’s most alarming about the platform is that Trump didn’t write it: the deranged and contradictory bluster of the Republican party leadership is a collective effort.

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Warning Signs: The Great Barrier Reef

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Earth Day / Countries Signing Climate Action Plans

Paris Agreement Signatures Today at the UN in New York

Via Mother Jones - Something Genuinely Good for the Earth Is Happening on Earth Day

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Solar Energy / EVs / ZEVs / NextGen Trans

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'Planet Citizen' Elon introduces the Model 3


Elon Musk: The car represents the culmination of a long-held dream to bring affordable, zero-pollution vehicles to the world's highways...

With CO2 levels and global temperatures at record highs, the Model 3 will help bring engineering solutions to the climate change problem.

EV - Electric- and Zero-Emission Vehicles Corridors -- As of April 20, 2016 - 20,823 Alternative fuel stations mapped in the United States

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A Question of Questions

A multi-language 'Thank You' to Planet Citizens: ~ Sylvia Earle, ~ Bill McKibben and ~ Elon Musk

Planet Citizen/Climate Citizen News

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Polls: Planet citizens & global citizenship

BBC: 'Global citizenship' on Upward Trend

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After a Year in Space, Scott Kelly Says: I'm an Environmentalist

"The Earth is a beautiful planet. It's practically everything to us. It's very important to our survival, and the Space Station is a great vantage point to observe it, and to share our planet in pictures," Kelly said during a press conference on his return from the International Space Station.

His photos earned him a wide social media following as he gazed down on everything from smog-choked cities to spiraling hurricanes and typhoons.

"You notice how the atmosphere looks and how fragile it looks," Kelly said. "It makes you more of an environmentalist after spending so much time looking down at our planet."

Kelly now holds the NASA record for the most days in space as an American astronaut and is currently undergoing a battery of medical tests along with his twin brother, former astronaut Mark Kelly in order to help NASA learn more about how the human body changes throughout long-duration stays in space.

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Back in the USA: Climate Politics

"US Supreme Court's order blocking President Obama’s plan to cut emissions from coal-burning power plants is unprecedented step and one of the most environmentally harmful decisions ever made by the nation’s highest court"

Next US Supreme Court Justice Will Be Crucial to US Climate Policy
Supreme Court’s Action Threatens Vital Climate Policies
Consequences if the US Quits Climate Agreement

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Tiny Blue Green

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"A single kind of blue-green algae in the ocean produces the oxygen in one of every five breaths we take"
~ from "The World Is Blue: How Our Fate and the Ocean’s Are One" by Sylvia Earle
Visit GreenPolicy360's new site, proposed and co-designed by 14 yr old Olivia Schmidt
Oh Phyto!! -- the Zooplankton Keep On Hanging On & Drifting Along with You!!
Planet Citizens, Planet Scientists

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Thin Blue Layer

Remembering an Astronaut who was one of the first to look back at Planet Earth and our thin, fragile atmosphere
Astronaut Mitchell telling us how profoundly beautiful -- and in danger -- our world was from his 'Planet Overview'

February 4, 2016 ... In memory of Edgar Mitchell
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One of Mitchell's last interviews -- "In the big picture... we are stardust, this was a wow experience...
as we were coming home... where you see things in their natural state... a feeling of oneness"

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Climate Agreement In Paris

"2016 and Beyond"

Renewable Energy Investment Growth

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"Toward a Renewable Energy Future:" Implementing the 'INDCs'

GreenPolicy's list of Countries & Climate Action INDC Plans

Moving Beyond the Goals in Each Nation's INDC-Climate Plan

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A Generation's Challenge

Renewables ---- 'Decarbonizing' ---- Transitioning to Clean Energy Globally

In Paris for the Climate Summit

Paris Climate Agreement: Moments

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Former adviser to Green Institute, Bill McKibben, speaks out about the Paris Climate Summit

Falling Short on Climate in Paris

What the Paris conference on climate change can do for planet Earth

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What happens next?

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Road to Paris

Global Climate March - News/Actions

Paris marches rescheduled -- 2,000+ worldwide climate change events ready-to-go ... 175+ Countries

Events/Locations #ClimateMarch

Paris Climate Summit, Opening Nov 30 - Information Hub

Agenda -- Meetings -- Schedule

Important: Legal forms for Paris climate agreement


Join In, Act, Follow, Be Out in Front

It's Your Breathing Planet



Eco-disaster viewed from Earth Observatory NASA satellite

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DSCOVR/EPIC New Site Goes Live

Visit EarthPOV for Latest News

A million mile view

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"Northern Lights over Alaska"

--- 2015, photo by Astronaut Scott Kelly from the International Space Station

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Environmental Security: a Planet Citizen Vision

Climate Summit / Road to Paris

UN / Climate Plans "Synthesis Report" -- Oct 30

Christiana Figueres @CFigueres

Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
Figueres - REDDIT AMA -- Oct 28

UN Climate Action @UNFCCC

Oct 19
Opening plenary of the latest @UN climate negotiations
#ADP2 session... steps toward Paris... Focus!

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Follow @UNFCCC

#COP21 #INDCs #climatechange #climateaction

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UN Conferences / Eyes on the Future

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"We can commit to do more."

- Gavin Schmidt, NASA Goddard climate science director


ClimateCentral (@ClimateCentral)

Oct 20, 2015
150 countries representing around 90% of the world’s carbon emissions have now filed pledges

Climate Action National Plans/INDCs Arriving / Which Countries Are Doing the Most?

Sustainable Development Goals

Peace Keeping Summit [1]

Conference of Parties 21, UN Climate Change Conference

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Historic from the DSCOVR Mission

December 2015

NASA Updates Its Home Page Image

A first image of Moon and Earth from DSCOVR-EPIC

July 2015

Planet Citizens, DSCOVR and the New Blue Marble

Planet Earth, the first whole Earth image since the original Blue Marble image taken by Apollo 17 in 1972.

DSCOVR-EPIC images will begin to be made available by September.

GreenPolicy will assist in the release of these historic online views of Earth, made available in near real time, in coordination with Dr. Szabo and the NASA/NOAA DSCOVR project team.

"The high quality of the EPIC images exceeded all of our expectations in resolution," said Adam Szabo, DSCOVR project scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. "The images clearly show desert sand structures, river systems and complex cloud patterns. There will be a huge wealth of new data for scientists to explore." --- ---

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#Earth360 Updates

Planet Citizen will be assisting in delivering NASA/NOAA DSCOVR/EPIC data and imagery

The Planet Citizen site will be expanding to highlight the new DSCOVR products and EPIC whole earth images

In addition to a new NASA DSCOVR/EPIC website in development and a selection of #‎Earth360‬ images planned to be made available online daily beginning in August, there will be unprecedented accompanying data/imagery made avail for ‪#‎EarthScience‬ and climate/atmospheric monitoring.

The following is from a NASA Goddard communication, March 11th to us @PlanetCitizen, discussing additional calibrated data products to come from DSCOVR...

>The individual 10 different wavelength EPIC data will be served from the Atmospheric Science Data Center (ASDC) at Langley ( Once we will be active, on the left side of this page DSCOVR will appear as a project. Clicking on it will give you a list of available products...

The DSCOVR satellite with its EPIC cam, PlasMag & NISTAR instrument package... is on a million mile journey and in approx four months, DSCOVR will "light up", be tested, and begin delivering data to Earth. In its historic mission, DSCOVR and its EPIC imaging system will begin sending near real-time images of the whole Earth... it has been many years since whole Earth images have been readily available...

It's been decades since December 7, 1972 when the only picture ever snapped by a human of the whole earth was captured -- our iconic "Blue Marble" Planet Earth. NASA engineers named the historic image -- AS17-148-22727'

As we have been recalling the history, we haven't had returned to us a 'whole earth' image since 1972. Today, the Associated Press reports Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, pointing out from Washington that there hasn't been a "full, sunlit picture of the Earth since Apollo 17 in 1972 - NASA's last manned moon-landing mission". Subsequent images "have been stitched together", the Senator explained, for composite shots. The Florida Senator has an exceptional point of view re: this amazing fact, as he was an astronaut who flew on the Space Shuttle from Florida's "Space Coast". In January 1986, Nelson spent six days orbiting Earth as a payload specialist aboard space shuttle Columbia. His NASA bio adds "The experience gave him a new perspective on the Earth’s fragile environment and a greater appreciation of the importance of our nation’s space exploration program."

The DSCOVR satellite launches into deep orbit with multiple missions -- to monitor space weather and, due to the satellite's orbital distance from Earth (1 mil miles), DSCOVR will be sending back daily images of the whole earth via its EPIC image-taking system and via its NISTAR system measuring earth's earth's temperature, our "radiation balance" ("albedo").

"DSCOVR will be beaming back a steady stream of images of our home planet from space... with the images expected to be available online the next day."

"They'll be posted on a website for the public to see," said Steven Clarke, director of NASA's Joint Agency Satellite Division. "I think it will be an inspiration for people to see the sunlit disk of the Earth."

"Most impressive from DSCOVR will be the images of us, Planet Earth 360°. To see ‪and to experience #‎Earth360‬ daily, it's going to be a spectacular re-reminder of our place in the cosmos..." - Steven Schmidt

Scientists will soon get a steady stream of data about how both the Earth and the Sun are doing, for years to come.

The livestream of our planet will inform, immerse and inspire. Online the images from DSCOVR and EPIC will deliver majestic new visions of our home planet.

For many Earth scientists, the centerpiece of the satellite is the National Institute of Standards Advanced Radiometer, or NISTAR, named for the Maryland-based government laboratory that designed it. The apparatus was built to shed light on Earth’s “radiation balance”—the radiation we receive from our sun minus the radiation we reflect back into space. The difference is retained by our planet as heat, and is calculated by measuring Earth’s reflectivity, called the albedo. Data showing whether Earth’s albedo is decreasing, meaning the atmosphere is retaining more heat because of greenhouse gases or other reasons, could be a significant piece of the climate puzzle.

What is revolutionary isn’t the basic technology for tracking albedo — it is measuring it from the million-mile perspective out at L1. Most satellites circle the planet at about one-thousandth of that distance, so their readings encompass only a small slice of land, a view that shifts rapidly as they circle the planet every two hours or so. Different climate zones — ice caps, deserts, tropical forests—have different reflectivities, independent of the atmosphere, which needs to be factored in to the overall measurement; it’s virtually impossible to create a whole-Earth portrait from a deck of low-orbit snapshots. “By the time you stitch together all the separate bits of data, the margin of error is too large to be useful,” Dr. Asrar at NASA says.

DSCOVR is "like having a thermometer for the whole planet.” It’s not a perfect gauge, NASA’s Dr. Adam Szabo cautions. “Earth is… a sphere that reflects light in all directions. So a measurement from any one point will not be the final word. But it will still be very important for the conversation about climate change.”

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New Ways to See and Experience Planet Earth

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How Beautiful Planet Earth Is


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On the ISS

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Planet Live via UrtheCast

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Earth Viewing Live via UStream

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June/July 2015

Visit Google Earth's 10th anniversary new feature, Voyager +

Introducing Voyager & Earth View


Earthviews from Above

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Planet Labs 'Doves' fly from the ISS

Planet Labs & NanoRacks / Doves

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Planet Citizen: Elon

Consider how years ago now, NASA put out a call about launching services for the DSCOVR mission -- Guess who was one of those who replied? A young visionary dreaming of what could be, even before his SpaceX was ready to go... Elon Musk, becoming a planet citizen. He spoke of how the iconic whole earth "Blue Marble" photo of Earth had inspired him to dream and to move his technology plans toward a space & earth connection.

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Overview and Perspective

See and experience the Earth in new ways

The Overview Effect

Orbital Perspective

January 2015

Recently Added Planet Citizen, Planet Scientist Pages


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#Earth360: The Overview

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As the New Year Dawns, Earth from Space

With appreciation ~ for the space experience and the wisdom of the Overview Effect


Planetary --- Planetary, trailer, pre-release March 2015

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From Above, beauty and awe...

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All Alone in the Night

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The View Outside My Window

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Astronaut Alex Gerst: A 'Planet Citizen's' view of Earth...

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December 2014

"Game changer"

OCO-2 begins to measure atmospheric CO2 levels with unprecedented science

Historic Orbiting Carbon Observatory Satellite Sends Back Most Detailed CO2 View Ever / Dec 18, 2014

The 'Initial Level 1 round' of data was made available to the public on Dec 30, 2014.

A full Level 2 set of CO2 data is scheduled to be available in March for scientists and the public "planet citizens" to download and explore. - Discovery - Weather - Nature

Sample Data -- OCO-2 Data Portal

For #PlanetCitizen gazing, visit the "Blue Marble" Collection

Security by Design, new definitions of national security to be found in environmental security, planning for global trends

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November 2014

You Are Here And Here!

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Up Here, #EarthPOV Earth's Observation's new website Vid Watch Look Greening

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Earth: How are you?

@EarthVitalSigns #EarthRightNow

Looking out at our Planet from the International Space Station [7]

Where are you? Find Astropix of your place on #PlanetEarth

Perspective, a real perspective of 'thin blue'... --- A "thin" layer of atmosphere...

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About Planet Citizen

#PlanetCitizen #EarthPOV

A coming era of #Earth360 exploration, using the tools of the digital age and Internet connectivity, is making it possible to see and experience a connected, Planet Earth 360 and to begin studying life-enabling systems (and life-threatening changes) with means never before possible.

Space- and earth-based observation platforms are delivering "intelligence reports" in effect, strategic insights that can broaden our knowledge and perceptions of who we are and how we respond to our global, common future.

In unprecedented ways, intelligence about our planet's systems can be shared and networked via the worldwide web and a larger Internet, linking us together wherever our community and whatever our nation.

We look out at a critical, developing field of #EnvironmentalSecurity as a generation of Planet Citizen voyagers.

  • Planet Citizen holds a simple value proposition:
  • Cleaner air and water and food is a good thing. Reducing pollution is a necessary thing. Health of our environment is a vital thing.


An API for the Planet

#PlanetLabs @Open Source Conference

With the Planet-Lab Platform, Connect to our Planet as Citizens of the Planet

Mission: Democratizing Access to Information About the Changing Planet

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Planet Labs/NYT Planet Labs, newly #ISS deployed Doves Smartphones in space!

Launch of new Flock of Dove Satellites to Image Earth

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Planet Labs 'Dove' micro-satellites

"Rapid cadence imagery, like Planet Labs is developing, helps us become better, more sustainable stewards of Earth."

Planet Labs Planet Labs Pulse [8] [9] [10]


Environmental Security @Strategic Demands

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21st Century definitions of national and international security

A realization that "Security is indivisible" is on the horizon and security definitions are changing as a result of the dynamics of interactive networks.

The sharing of information is creating a new science of networking. Information is being looked at as never before and #earthscience data is now being collected by networked computers across an interconnected world. In historic ways, open data is being publicly distributed far beyond the restrictive policies of previous times and closed-loop systems.

Today #earthsciences are at the cusp of a rich new world of information. As we share these new realizations, images, data, experiences and understandings, we can be certain of a new, growing awareness of our planet and our 'citizenship' together.

Even now, we have inklings of what is coming. Let's look at one called OCO-2. With the launch of OCO-2, a "game changer", in the summer of 2014, the data of #Earth360 will grow in unprecedented ways as this first orbiting observatory of global warming conditions takes to space and begins to report home - I am OCO-2

Although the Orbiting Carbon Observatory is just the beginning, the future of #earthscience from space is here as we see in new ways and observe our environment with new information never before accessible. Space-imaging is opening up amazing views, with 3D and big-screens and home theaters. Coming soon will be views beyond IMAX as companies like Virgin and SpaceX carry citizen travelers into orbit. Educational and scientific information about our communities is being shared, and linked to, and distributed around the Net. From space, the earth is borderless and with vision of the planet and common-good #biosphere and #ecosystem comes responsibility for our shared security.

On to first steps... We are all connected and wherever we are, geographically, nationally, we share common-ground and common-atmosphere. Let's look at our home and, with an "overview" from space, see the 'Big Picture' and let's look at the details, let's manage and sustain our earth resources and, as we go, look to our shared quality of life on the "only home we've ever known."

Here's to our future and future of #Environmental Security

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The Big Picture: Earth from Space

The world of space is a world in flux. The term "New Space" has come to represent a first generation of start ups that are designing, building and launching small, mini- and micro-satellites. New players are challenging the old system of governments that spend billions to explore, commercialize and militarize space. Barriers to entry are being broken and start-up companies are launching flocks of satellite birds into space. Earth monitoring is going planetary and nextgen companies are at the forefront, even as the "old" establishment is shifting to address threats to the environment.

Let's go there to this new world, not a 'new world order' but a world that is being connected and is sharing, linking and seeing the bigger picture. The way we observe and 'feel' about our planet is changing in one generation.

Beginning with the first Whole Earth pictures relayed from the Apollo voyages to the Moon, we have for the first time in history experienced a vision of our planet from afar -- we are, we realize, a 'blue' oasis in space.

Now, thirty+ years after the Apollo images of #planetearth360 returned, we find everyday "citizens of the planet" planning to go into space and a new generation of New Space mini-sats sending full-spectrum imaging back with an array of new views of our planet. Apollo's famous iconic images are being enhanced with new ways of seeing and experiencing our planet -- and opening new possibilities to secure our environment for ages to come.

Let's start by looking at an astro-space establishment, the images of earth and data about earth being sent back from space by established multi-billion dollar companies/ government companies and 'New Space' companies that are now on radar and reporting back with multi-spectra #Earth360 data.

Start with NEX, NASA's version of crowdsourcing... NASA's social media experiment. Ready? Are you interested in using your digital skills to help the government/NASA with environmental security? Perhaps you might start here - The NEX Challenge

Add your talent to the grand project of seeing with an EarthPOV -- so that we can make informed decisions and policy... [11]

Observe, consider, act - "The Big Picture"

NextGen #earthscience in an era of #climatechange and #globalsecurity threats...

Join up with GreenPolicy360 and share our GreenLinks and GP360 Open Data. Time to get going -- planet citizens @work

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Earth Right Now

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August 2014

Citizens of planet earth typically watch meteor showers by looking up. But this remarkable view, captured on 8/13/11 by astronaut Ron Garan, caught a Perseid meteor by looking down. From Garan's perspective onboard the ISS orbiting at an altitude of about 380 kilometers, the Perseid meteors streak below. The glowing comet dust grains are traveling at about 60 kilometers per second through the denser atmosphere around 100 kilometers above Earth's surface. -- SETI Institute [12]

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NASA studies a garden in space in preparation for journey to Mars

"We call it 'Veggie "It's a plant growth chamber designed to make gardens thrive in weightlessness"...

"Our first crop will be a variety of lettuce called 'Outredgeous,'" says Kennedy Space Center team leader Gioia Massa. "It is delicious."

Thank you Gioia Massa ! --

First space-grown 'veggie lettuce' eaten in space.

The astronauts used "extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar" over their (non-GMO) "Outredgeous" lettuce salad






Gardens in space? So where's Bruce Dern these days? He was growing lettuce in space wasn't he?

Douglas Trumbull's VFX vision in Silent Running & beyond continues in our memory banks

Silent Running movie images / Pinterest collection

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Douglas Trumbull Studios "Trumbull and...future of cinema / NY Times"

"Hypercinema" Immersive Cinema beyond 3D Doug in his Berkshires studio / 2015

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"Greening Our Blue Planet"

Planet Citizen, a Forward-looking Vision

A Vision of Dynamic Change


Hello Earth

Tiny Blue Green

Thin Blue Layer

Overview Effect

Orbital Perspective

Citizen Science

Planet Scientist

Planet Citizens, Planet Scientists

Planet API

Earth Observations, Strategic Missions

Environmental Security - Global/National

New Definitions of National Security

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Tag: Eco-nomics, a 21st Century paradigm in development @GreenPolicy360

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-- #GlobalPerspective #OrbitalPerspective #ParadigmShift #SpaceshipEarth #WorldView

-- #EcologyStudies #EnvironmentalSecurity #PlanetCitizens #PlanetaryAwareness #PlanetEarth #Resilience #Sustainability 


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