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Space debris: How satellites could retire in the future

NASA's image shows the population of satellites orbiting around the Earth

What happens with satellites when they finish their mission? Staying in orbit may pose a threat to other spacecraft, so now scientists are testing safe ways to deorbit ageing satellites.

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Wed, 08/01/2014 - 15:02
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New legislation adopted on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

European Parliament adopted new legislation on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism

On 10 December 2013, the European Parliament adopted new legislation on the EU Civil Protection Mechanism paving, by doing so, the way for stronger cooperation in responding to disasters.

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Fri, 13/12/2013 - 08:15
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The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System calls for more coordination

The Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) met in Brussels

From 12-13 November 2013, the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS), a cooperation framework under the UN umbrella, met in Brussels to draw up benchmarks that regional crisis centre

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Tue, 03/12/2013 - 11:44
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50.8503
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Romania: Towards a Satellite-based Operational Emergency Service

The GEODIM platform provides value-added geoinformation

UN-SPIDER's Regional Support Office in Romania, hosted by the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), is currently implementing an updated version of the National Emergency Service in the framework of th

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Mon, 02/12/2013 - 13:11
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44.4325
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26.1039

European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT)

EUMETSAT is an intergovernmental organisation that was founded in 1986. EUMETSAT is a global operational satellite agency at the heart of Europe.

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Space-based information applied to tackle wildfires

2013 fire season in Portugal will be remembered as one of the worst since 1940

Wildfires remain a serious problem, presenting often-dramatic impacts that can only be minimized through a smart combination of technology, political decision and willingness to accept changes.

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Fri, 22/11/2013 - 09:48
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41.4041
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Access to Sentinel satellite data will be free and open

The Act will allow long-term continued access to data

With the entering into force of the European Delegated Act on Copernicus data and information policy in the coming days, users will be provided free, full and open access of environmental data from

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Thu, 21/11/2013 - 15:08
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48.8413
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ESA's GOCE satellite finishes successful career

GOCE was launched in 2009 to map with precision variations in Earth’s gravity

On 11 November 2013, ESA’s GOCE satellite reentered Earth’s atmosphere on a descending orbit while most of it disintegrated, as expected, within the high atmosphere.

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Wed, 13/11/2013 - 16:03
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48.8486
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2.30029

New edition of Global Climate Risk Index

Climate Risk Index may serve as a red flag for the most vulnerable regions

In November 2013 Germanwatch published the 9th edition of the Global Climate Risk Index for which the most recent data available —from 1993 to 2012— were taken into account.

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Tue, 12/11/2013 - 14:50
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European Space Agency (ESA)