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With more missions to Mars and the moon planned, researchers are forgetting the importance of the needs of people on Earth

A recent report done by the National Research Council has found that the U.S. satellite system that monitor's the environment and climate needs on Earth must undergo vast upgrades or scientists may lose ability to accurately forecast hurricanes, severe thunderstorms and winter storms. The report also called for NASA to launch 17 new satellites to launch by 2020. NASA and NOAA now have 25 satellites in orbit that specifically only conduct environmental measurements and observations – however, many of them are working past their initial expected service time.

“This is the most critical time in human history, with the population never before so big and with stresses growing on the Earth,” said Richard Anthes, co-chair on the committee which wrote the report.

The National Research Council of the National Academies also warned that by 2010, the number of instruments on satellites for Earth-observing purposes will be cut by around 40 percent.

The NOAA yearly budget of $1 billion per year for environmental satellites must continue to remain available to the organization. Spending $3 billion per year on new equipment and satellite missions through the year 2020 would sufficiently get Earth-observation back on the level it needs to be, according to space officials.



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RE: UH oh
By Ringold on 1/18/2007 4:46:48 PM , Rating: 0
Grast, let them live in their happy fantasy world. No need to upset the children.

Canada and Europe have spent decades under the comfortable, cozy, warm nuclear umbrella of the United States to shield them from the prospect of annihilation, and happily enjoy the benefits of conventional military protection through NATA without holding up their end of the bargain (see: refusal to move in to combat-prone areas in Afghanistan). They also seem comfortable ignoring Al Qaeda statements made to reporters that they have 100 native-born European terror cell leaders in place in mainland Europe now with the goal of 1000 by 2010. They mean no harm, right?

Meanwhile, while they've become weak, we've continuously been kicked in the teeth off and on over the last century and share not in their weakness. When we begin to take a stand, they think we're arrogant, over-bearing, and imperialistic.

Some folks can't take the truth. BBC apparently ran a good show, Dispatches: Undercover Mosque, where moderate mosques in Britain are telling their flocks to create a "state within a state" until the global caliphate or whatever can be established. I'd post a torrent link, but, uuuh, afraid I might get banned or whatnot, but those that care can find it.


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