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World on Track for 3.2 Degrees Celsius of Warming

The latest IPCC report, which came out Monday, April 4th, 2022, warns that policies in place to reduce emissions as of December 2020 would lead the planet to 3.2 degrees Celsius of warming, more than double the 1.5 degrees limit that is essential for avoiding the worst impacts of the climate crisis.

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2071 – Epilogue

ESSC Chair and University College London Climate Science Professor, Chris Rapley created 2071 in 2015 along with writer Duncan Macmillan and director Katie Mitchell. This piece of theatre is a 65 minute spellbinding performance, where science is centre stage.

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ESSC Statement – the Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The European Space Sciences Committee (ESSC) condemns the attack on Ukraine, abhors the violence taking place, deplores the human casualties and sacrifices, and implores those in a position to do so to restore peace at the earliest opportunity.

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JWST getting a sharper eye on the Universe 

The James Webb Telescope (JWST) is on its way to becoming the first observatory of its kind in deep space. The team has successfully completed the second and third out of seven total phases of mirror alignment. The 18 small mirrors have gone through their initial alignment and focus and can now produce a single image of a star!

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The IPCC WG2 Report: A Code Red for Humanity

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued the second part of its sixth assessment report (AR6) on February 28th, 2022. The report provides significant and unequivocal scientific evidence that climate change impacts are dire and being felt across the globe, from intense and frequent floods to droughts and heatwaves. Human-induced climate change will continue to increase for many more decades until global emissions of greenhouse gases are effectively reduced to zero.

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The history of the ESSC’s contribution to the CASSINI-HUYGENS Mission

Seventeen years ago today, on January 14, 2005, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft carrying the European Huygens probe descended to Titan’s surface. Cassini-Huygens went on a seven-year journey to the astounding worlds of Saturn and its family of icy moons. But how did the Cassini-Huygens mission come to life? In this blog post, we introduce you to some historical aspects of the mission.

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The James Webb Space Telescope – An Unfolding Story

The James Webb Space Telescope—the most powerful and complex cosmic observatory ever built—is now fully deployed. After an incredible amount of meticulous planning and almost half a year of deployment and commissioning, in addition to slowly unfolding over two weeks, it is now on a mission to study the earliest stars and explore every phase of cosmic history.

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