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Satellite imagery show decline of lake surface in Mongolia

Xinkai Lake on the Mongolian Plateau in 2001,2004 and 2006 (Image: NASA)

According to researchers from Peking University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences, lakes in the Mongolian Plateau are shrinking rapidly. After analysing several decades of satellite imagery, the researchers found that the total lake surface area had declined from 4,160 square kilometers in the late 1980s to 2,900 square kilometers in 2010, a decrease of 30 percent.

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Satellite mapping shows high tree cover loss in Russia and Canada

2010 Russian wildfires captured by MODIS (NASA)

Satellite-based maps have shown northern boreal forests suffered significant tree cover loss in 2013, especially in Russia and Canada. The high-resolution maps have been released by Global Forest Watch, a partnership led by the World Resources Institute.

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Thu, 09/04/2015 - 07:44

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Climate Change and Disaster Risk (CCDR) Online Course

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2nd International Disaster Law Course

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Global flood harm could triple by 2030

2010 flooding in Tennessee (Image: FEMA/ David Fine)

The detrimental effects caused by river flooding are increasing to the point the number of people affected worldwide could nearly triple in the next 15 years, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI).

The institute's analysis shows that some 20 million people worldwide are exposed to flooding risks. This number is expected to rise to around 50 million by 2030.

The economical costs of flooding are also an alarming factor. In 15 years time, the annual cost to the world economy could reach more than £340bn. 

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Fri, 06/03/2015 - 10:05

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New satellite can capture entire dayside Earth

Earth from Space (Image:NASA)

The first satellite capable of watching the entire diurnal side of Earth continuously, DSCOVR, was launched into space earlier this month.

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UNOOSA presents WCDRR efforts to COPUOS STSC

Disasters such as floods affect thousands of people every year. Space-based information can help manage disaster risks.

UNOOSA presented its efforts related to the upcoming World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) during the fifty-second session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of COPUOS. The office presented its relevant activities during a symposium organised by Japan on the sidelines of STSC as well as in front of the plenary.

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UN-SPIDER presents WCDRR efforts to COPUOS STSC

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Fri, 13/02/2015 - 15:40

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Systematic observation for Climate Change Adaptation: Joint GCOS-IPCC-UNFCCC workshop

Representatives of Member States, UNFCCC bodies, GCOS, IPCC and various UN agencies discussed systematic observations

From 10 to 12 February 2015, international experts and representatives of Member States gathered in Bonn, Germany, for a workshop on systematic observations for climate change adaptation.

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Fri, 13/02/2015 - 15:11

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WMO ranks 2014 the hottest year on record

Global mean land-ocean temperature change from 1880 to 2014, relative to the 1951–1980 mean. (Image: NASA/Robert Simmon)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) in Geneva has ranked 2014 as the hottest year on record, as part of a continuing trend.

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UN-SPIDER Updates January 2015

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