The CIA is using satellite intelligence to discern the extent of climate change. There are friends and foes of this issue. When this kind of technology is at their fingertips, why not get a little help from the federal government? On the other hand, others argue with war in the Middle East and terrorists setting themselves on fire on Christmas Day, the CIA may have better things to do with their time. Below is an excerpt from The New York Times.
CIA Is Sharing Data With Climate Scientists
by William J. Broad
Published January 4, 2010
"The nation’s top scientists and spies are collaborating on an effort to use the federal government’s intelligence assets — including spy satellites and other classified sensors — to assess the hidden complexities of environmental change. They seek insights from natural phenomena like clouds and glaciers, deserts and tropical forests.
The collaboration restarts an effort the Bush administration shut down and has the strong backing of the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. In the last year, as part of the effort, the collaborators have scrutinized images of Arctic sea ice from reconnaissance satellites in an effort to distinguish things like summer melts from climate trends, and they have had images of the ice pack declassified to speed the scientific analysis."
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