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Censored Sensor Data

Valuable climate change data collected every day by military satellites remains classified diminishing global health and security, writes Daniel Baker for the New York Times.

The world is being denied data that could greatly enhance climate change research and tracking of “super” storms, says Daniel N. Baker. Satellite-born sensors watching the world for nuclear explosions also collect invaluable environmental data which is unnecessarily withheld as “classified”. “American taxpayers support a truly remarkable monitoring system whose information could significantly improve our health, security and well-being.” “Making most of the detection system data available to the global public would show friends, allies and adversaries that the United States is willing to use even its most advanced defense assets for the betterment of humanity,” Baker argues.


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