"Earth Observation and climate satellites are not a luxury; they are saving lives on a massive scale. The public must be made aware of the tremendous, indispensable value added from Earth Observation Satellites." - L. DeWayne Cecil
Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) June 20, 2011
Sharon Kleyne announces that promoting space-based atmospheric, earth science and water research will become an important focus of her show, her research and educational posts on her websites (http://www.naturestearseyemist.com and http://www.whatistheeye.wordpress.com).
Sharon Kleyne, water and health advocate and host of the Sharon Kleyne Hour - Power of Water syndicated talk radio show, is concerned about diminishing fresh water on Earth due to climate change, global warming, land development, pollution and population growth. These changes already affect human populations, health, agriculture, wildlife and much more. The extent of the damage is unknown and the chain reactions that may have been triggered are unknown.
Our actions today could very well impact the survival of life on Earth. They could even impact our surrounding planets.
According to Sharon Kleyne, if life on Earth is to overcome, survive and thrive, the decisive factors will be human ingenuity, vision and action. We must learn as much as possible about our planet - about the atmosphere, pollution, population, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, tornados and natural resources; and about changing patterns of weather, forests, grasslands, wetlands, deserts and wildlife - and the impact on human health and dehydration disease.
"To discover all we must know about the Earth's life, water and resources," she says, "we must study the planet from the widest perspective - the perspective of space. I urge people in charge, particularly the United States government, to continue space based research and to make the study of water and the preservation of life the highest priority. We must commit NOW, we must get everyone exited about its critical importance and we must keep studying forever."
Climate Change and the NASA budget.
Although the Space Shuttle program has been terminated, according to Sharon Kleyne, NASA Launch Services are not confined to the Space Shuttle and have not been cut. NASA's EOS (Earth Observation Satellite) program remains fully funded and one EOS satellite recently sent back its three billionth photograph of the Earth. Other countries and private interests now have the capacity to launch scientific satellites and NASA is providing money for private satellite launches.
Sharon Kleyne believes that because these programs are so critical that the US government - the most influential entity on Earth - must take the long-term global lead in committing to, funding and implementing them. Failure to do this could doom the planet and everything on it that is good and worth preserving.
NASA budget highlights:
The 2011 NASA budget is up slightly at $18.7 billion, from 2010.
26.3% of NASA's budget ($5 billion) is in the "Science" category.
"Science" includes Astrophysics, Earth Science (36% of the Science budget), Heliophysics, James Webb Space Telescope and Planetary Science.
The Science budget slightly exceeds the Space Operations budget (25.4%)
Space Operations has been cut drastically ($6.1 billion to $4.3 billion), due to ending the Space Shuttle program. However, Space Technology has been increased ($275 million to $1.1 billion).
Support from Sharon Kleyne Hour guests.
Jerry Barnes, Forest Geneticist and Global Forestry Consultant:
"Forests are the #1 source of free oxygen in the air and are disappearing at a frightening rate. Our greatest hope for acquiring the knowledge to reverse this is through satellite imaging from space." (May 23, 2011)
L. DeWayne Cecil, PhD, Western Region Climate Services Director NOAA (formerly with NASA):
"Earth Observation and climate satellites are not a luxury; they are saving lives on a massive scale. The public must be made aware of the tremendous, indispensable value added from Earth Observation Satellites." (May 23, 2011)
*Sharon Kleyne Hour - Power of Water airs Mondays, 10 a.m., PST/PDT. The syndicated show is heard on Voice America/World Talk Radio, Green Talk Network and Apple iTunes. Go to http://www.SharonKleyneHour.com for summaries and replays of past shows.
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