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European ministers ready ESA for a united space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0

02 December 2016

ESA today concluded a two-day Council meeting at ministerial level in Lucerne, Switzerland. Ministers in charge for space matters from ESA's 22 member states plus Slovenia and Canada allocated €10.3 billion for space activities and programmes based on the vision of a United Space in Europe in the era of Space 4.0.

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Agreement between ASI and JAXA

25 November 2016

The Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have signed an important agreement to strengthen the bilateral cooperation on Disaster Risk Management through the joint data use of Italian COSMO-SkyMed constellation radar satellites and the Japanese radar satellite ALOS-2.

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Space agencies combine efforts for space hydrology

11 November 2016

Heads of space agencies are meeting in Marrakesh, Morocco at the COP22 climate change summit to reaffirm their commitment to a coordinated approach for monitoring Earth's climate, with particular focus on the water cycle.

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GEONETCast to bring Earth observation data to more users

10 November 2016

The GEO-XIII Plenary meeting in St Petersburg, Russia, today, has adopted a new work programme incorporating GEONETCast as one of its foundational tasks, with the aim of bringing Earth observation data to more users around the world

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ESA and Asian Development Bank join forces

09 November 2016

ESA and the Asian Development Bank have signed an agreement to collaborate over the next five years to use information from space to support sustainable development.

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Science meets Parliaments: deepening cooperation

08 November 2016

In the second edition of 'Science meets Parliaments', European, national and regional policy-makers met scientists from across Europe on 8 November to discuss closer collaboration in the interest of better policy making based on scientific evidence. The conference in Brussels was organised by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in cooperation with the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA).

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The Paris Climate Agreement enters into force

04 November 2016

The Paris Agreement legally enters into force today; 30 days after the EU's ratification pushed it past the threshold to take effect.

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Access to crucial satellite environmental data assured through Geoscience Australia-EUMETSAT cooperation

03 November 2016

A technical operating arrangement between Geoscience Australia and the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) will enhance access to environmental Earth observation data for Australia and the South East Asia - South Pacific region.

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New Commission space policy puts focus on improving people’s daily lives and boosting Europe’s competitiveness

26 October 2016

EU space programmes already deliver services that benefit millions of people. The European space industry is strong and competitive, creating jobs and business opportunities for entrepreneurs. Today's proposal for a new space policy will foster new services and promote Europe's leadership in space.

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CO2 levels mark 'new era' in the world's changing climate

24 October 2016

Levels of CO2 in the atmosphere have surged past an important threshold and may not dip below it for "many generations".

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Business in the ever-changing digital world

06 October 2016

In an era of profound digital transformation, business leaders and IT experts are convening at ESA's mission control in Darmstadt, Germany, today for the first SAP Digital Leaders' Summit.

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How democratised Earth observation data can radically change environmental debates

04 October 2016

When it comes to environmental regulation, Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has been extremely clear: Social license or ‘community buy-in' will be absolutely necessary.

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Two companies win first NOAA commercial weather contracts

15 September 2016

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded contracts on 15 September to two companies who will provide weather data as part of a pilot program that could lead to greater uses of data from commercial satellites.

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Estonia signs up to Sentinel agreement

13 September 2016

ESA and Enterprise Estonia have signed an arrangement that gives one of ESA's newest Member States access to data from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites.

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ECMWF launches new Strategy

12 September 2016

ECMWF has launched its new ten-year Strategy, which sets ambitious goals that push the limits of predictability in weather forecasting.

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USGS and India Space Research Organisation to cooperate further in observing Earth

26 August 2016

The U.S. Geological Survey and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) have finalized an agreement for new levels of cooperation in the exchange and use of Earth observation data.

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DARPA to establish satellite-servicing consortium to discuss on-orbit repair standards

22 August 2016

The U.S. Defense Research Projects Agency plans to establish a consortium to discuss standards and practices for on-orbit satellite servicing as a corollary to Robotic Servicing of Geostationary Satellites (RSGS), an effort to develop robotic spacecraft to inspect, repair and move other satellites.

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EUMETSAT and NOAA secure data exchange for Copernicus

08 August 2016

EUMETSAT and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have signed a Technical Operating Arrangement (TOA) to support the exchange of data related to Copernicus, the Earth Observation Programme of the European Union.

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NASA, USAID open environmental monitoring hub in west Africa

14 July 2016

NASA and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have opened a new environmental monitoring program in West Africa that will enhance the role of space-based observations in the management of climate-sensitive issues facing the world today.

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Technologies for humanitarian assistance

11 July 2016

The German Aerospace Centre (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt; DLR) has been actively involved in humanitarian aid for many years. Alongside government partners, the private sector and scientific institutions, DLR is supporting the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) work towards a world with zero hunger.

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