An editorial in today’s Washington Post warns that NASA’s budgetary shift away from Earth science priorities is perilous for our understanding of global warming and its impacts. The piece, authored by the director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Oregon State University dean of Oceanic and Atmospheric Sciences, and the acting director of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, argues that the Earth remote sensing data that NASA collects (including Landsat data) are imperative to our comprehension of the risks of global warming, but cuts to NASA’s Earth Science budget are crippling our fleet of Earth-observing satellites.

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