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Ozone protection treaty marks 30th anniversary

15 September 2017

The Earth's protective ozone layer is well on track to recovery thanks to a highly successful environmental agreement which marks it 30th anniversary on 16 September.

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Investing in Industrial Innovation

06 September 2017

A new ESA initiative, Investing in Industrial Innovation in Earth Observation – also known as ‘InCubed' – kicked off today with an open call for European businesses to apply for a chance to gain financial and practical support for industry projects.

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Pacific leaders to turn up heat on climate change

04 September 2017

Climate change will dominate discussions when the leaders of vulnerable Pacific nations hold their annual meeting in the Samoan capital Apia this week, with global warming threatening their existence, officials say.

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One UN collaboration on access to and awareness-raising of Earth Observation for Sustainable Development Goals

04 September 2017

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) have agreed to collaborate to further their common goals, particularly the use of space-based technology for the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

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Using satellites to monitor progress toward the SDGs

23 August 2017

The plummeting cost of satellite data in the past decade has made earth observation (EO) and geospatial information more attractive than ever for addressing poverty, monitoring environmental changes, and stimulating economic growth – among other objectives. It is especially valuable in developing countries, which often do not have adequate monitoring systems to track progress on the Sustainable Development Goals and other global and national goals.

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NOAA Satellite Conference addresses opportunities and challenges

24 July 2017

A new era in satellite meteorology offers unprecedented opportunities to improve Earth observations and understanding, but also poses big challenges for users worldwide. A top-level World Meteorological Organization delegation outlined WMO's strategic perspectives at the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Satellite Conference 2017.

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Meteorological space agencies look to the future

29 June 2017

The Coordination Group for Meteorological Satellites (CGMS) held its 45th plenary session on Jeju Island, Republic of Korea, on 15-16 June. The World Meteorological Organization's (WMO) Vision for the Integrated Global Observing System (WIGOS) in 2040, which is currently being prepared, was one of the major items discussed.

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Celebrating 60 years of EU and the EU Space Policy

16 June 2017

Rome became the epicentre of the European Space sector this week, as the eternal city hosted the high-level event 'Space Policy for EU integration' organised by the European Commission.

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UNITAR-UNOSAT and Radiant.Earth partner for greater impact on Earth observations

14 June 2017

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) through its Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) and Radiant.Earth, have agreed to explore new Earth observation data innovations supporting humanitarian disaster management, global health, climate change, sustainable water management and cultural heritage.

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JRC and Chinese Academy of Sciences sign a research framework arrangement

02 June 2017

On 02 June 2017, the JRC, represented by Director-General Vladimir Šucha, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), represented by its President, Professor Bai Chunli, signed a Research Framework Arrangement. The ceremony took place in the framework of the EU-China Summit 2017.

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EUMETSAT to host information day on crucial data access procurement on 01 June

16 May 2017

The European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) will hold an information day for European industry on the procurement process for a key data access element of the EU's Copernicus environment monitoring programme, at its Darmstadt headquarters on 01 June.

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JAXA-ESA Joint Statement concerning bilateral cooperation

15 May 2017

On 15 May, 2017, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) held the Inter-Agency Meeting to strengthen and deepen the bilaterall cooperation, on the occasion of Prof. Dr. Johann-Dietrich Woerner's first visit to Japan as the Director General of ESA. JAXA and ESA announced the joint statement concerning the result of the meeting and the establishment of the joint working groups in the mutually specified areas, at the joint press conference after the meeting.

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Planet confirms Google stake as Terra Bella deal closes

19 April 2017

WASHINGTON — As Planet announced it has completed its acquisition of rival satellite imaging company Terra Bella on 18 April, it confirmed that Google is now a shareholder in Planet as part of that deal.

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Commercial remote sensing companies seek streamlined regulations

17 March 2017

A regulatory system crafted a quarter-century ago is failing to keep up with an evolving commercial remote sensing industry, which companies say is slowing down their efforts to develop new satellite systems and capabilities.

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EUMETSAT and China National Space Administration sign Framework Agreement

15 March 2017

Today, Alain Ratier, Director-General of EUMETSAT and Wu Yanhua, Vice Administrator of the China National Space Administration (CNSA) signed an agreement that provides the policy framework for the continuation and expansion of EUMETSAT's cooperation with China on monitoring the atmosphere, oceans and climate from space.

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MDA to acquire DigitalGlobe

24 February 2017

WASHINGTON — MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates announced Feb. 24 that it will acquire commercial remote sensing company DigitalGlobe for $2.4 billion, the biggest deal to date in the ongoing consolidation in the Earth imaging market.

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Farmers to benefit from ESA-BASF collaboration

10 February 2017

With farming an exacting science, ESA and the world's leading chemical company, BASF, have joined forces to see how data from satellites can best serve the agricultural community.

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EUMETSAT and NOAA sign Polar System Programme Implementation Plan

21 December 2016

On 15 December, Europe and the US achieved another milestone in the cooperation on meteorological satellite systems when Marc Cohen, EUMETSAT Associate Director for LEO Programmes and Harry A. Cikanek III, NOAA Director, Joint Polar Satellite System signed the plan that will implement the Joint Polar System (JPS).

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Sentinels down under

09 December 2016

The European Union's Sentinel satellites, developed and operated by ESA, will play a critical role in Australia's efforts to manage its vast land and marine environment.

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CNES and IFREMER sign framework agreement

09 December 2016

Thursday 8 December at CNES's Head Office in Paris, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall and François Jacq, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Ifremer, the French institute of marine research, signed a framework agreement on space to advance knowledge of the marine environment.

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