(Source IHT- The Asahi Shimbun) At this week's Group of Eight summit, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will propose easing conditions on Kyoto Protocol projects to make emissions credits easier for Japan and other nations to get, government sources said. Preventing global warming is one of the top issues on the agenda for the G-8 summit from Wednesday to Friday in Gleneagles, Scotland, along with addressing poverty, especially in Africa.
The G8 made a commitment at Evian to strengthen international cooperation on global Earth observations. (Credits GEO
PARIS and ROME, July 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Alcatel (Paris: CGEP.PA and NYSE: ALA) and Finmeccanica (Milano: SIFI.MI, FNC.IM) today announced the successful creation of two new joint ventures effective as of July 1st 2005: Alcatel Alenia Space and Telespazio Holding. The creation of these two new companies represents a great opportunity for their growth. Their common objectives will be to consolidate leadership in telecommunication satellite systems and services, to acquire a strong position in the most important European programs, such as Galileo and GMES, and to strengthen space defence and security, as well as observation, exploration and science. Info extracted from Yahoo.com
The objective of the ESA Earth Observation Market Development invitation to tender is to foster the use of Earth Observation services within the sustainability reporting practises of large multinational companies committed to corporate sustainable development. More information is available from EOMD
Singapore -- CRISP (Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing) signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Spot Image, S.A., to become a partner in Spot Asia, the regional Spot Image subsidiary located in Singapore. CRISP, the world class satellite image receiving and processing station, has worked closely with Spot Asia since 1995 when the station began receiving SPOT satellite transmissions. The new Spot Asia JV combines technical expertise with commercial operations to increase product and service offerings for Southeast Asian markets. Info extracted from Directions magazine.
The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
has published a report advising governments to use space technology more wisely in order to address civil needs. Cordis-RTD-News¬©
The GMES initiative is a concerted effort across the EU to bring data and information providers together with users, so they can agree on how to make environmental information available to the people who need it. The GMES program aims to make the wealth of satellite data pouring in from European satellites understandable to the end users. Info extracted from Environmental New Services
Agreement on Contribution to the 2005 World Summit Reached; Space and Water Discussed VIENNA, 20 June (UN Information Service) -- During its 48th session, which was held in Vienna from 8 to 17 June, the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) agreed on a text that could be transmitted to the President of the United Nations General Assembly by Member States of COPUOS for incorporation into the draft outcome document of the 2005 World Summit, to be held from 14 to 16 September 2005. Info extracted from Spaceref
On 20 June 2005, a summit between the European Union and the United States of America brought together the Prime Minister and current President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, Commission President Jos?à Manuel Barroso, and US President George W. Bush in Washington D.C. The leaders explored means to eliminate impediments to further economic integration and to develop a forward-looking strategy to enhance the EU-US economic partnership.
Under the 6th Framework Programme for Research (FP6) activity ?´Global Monitoring for Environment and Security?? (GMES), the Commission will provide ?Ñ1.1m support for a new research project, called ?¨ASSIST?Æ, on improving risk warning and risk management of landslides, avalanches, debris flows and floods in Alpine regions. The results of this project can easily be extended to other mountainous areas. Under GMES, the Commission is currently funding 14 projects. ASSIST is the latest and fifteenth project. Info extracted from Europa - RapidPress.
A major section on the subject of Earth Observation (EO) has been added to the EU Environment Research website. Several new pages are now accessible via the website's homepage, comprising background information and up-to-date reports on the activities of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) and the EO Summits, the most recent of which took place in Brussels in February 2005 during Earth & Space Week. Info extracted from EU-DG research.
Skimming virtually around 3D scenery is no longer the preserve of experts. New software developed in Europe lets users browse and interact in three dimensions with any part of our planet. Everyone from tourists to land planners stand to benefit. Terabytes of data daily flow downwards from remote-sensing satellites. Other useful data come from aerial photos and base maps. This information is commonly used for everything from town and country planning to tourism development. Source: Based on information from Vplanet
Italy and Canada have stepped up their scientific co-operation by signing a series of agreements on research and development
United Nations Programme on Space Applications, OOSA would like to provide support to projects or activities using solutions based on space technology for Disaster Management activities in Southeast Asian countries.
In these times of intensified European integration and co-operation, the role of EARSC is becoming increasingly vital, that is for, the Association maintains close links with key European Institutions, European Space Agency and National Space Agencies, providing a key unified voice on wider European issues. EARSC has the challenge to be a representative association at European level and a lobbying collective voice towards governments and data providers for a coherent and dynamic development of Earth Observation.