Kamala Harris says new space policy will focus on climate change


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Vice President Kamala Harris announced at her first National Space Council meeting on Wednesday that the Biden administration’s new space policy would make tackling climate change a top priority.

Harris, who chairs the council, stressed the importance of improving the collection and dissemination of satellite technology used to track and forecast extreme weather conditions on Earth.

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Vice President Kamala Harris attends a meeting of the National Space Council at the American Institute of Peace on December 1, 2021 in Washington, DC
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“Just think that these satellites provide real-time images of our nation’s landscape as natural disasters increase in frequency and ferocity in our country,” she said. “These images are used by first responders. These images are used by farmers to assess their crops as drought and heat threaten their livelihoods, threaten our ability to produce food as a nation, and by scientists who are fighting the climate crisis head-on.

“Today, this council will commit to making this data more accessible to more people, and we will expand our global partnerships to increase the data we are able to collect,” she said.

The White House issued a “Framework of spatial priorities” Earlier on Wednesday, the United States, through collaboration between the public, private and philanthropic sectors, “will accelerate the development and use of Earth observation to support climate change mitigation and adaptation.” .

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The issue of climate change is one of the top three priorities the board will tackle under Harris’ leadership. The other two include “promoting the rules and standards” that govern space activities around the world and building the American workforce in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. (STEM), said Harris.

The council is a cabinet body that was revived under the Trump administration in 2017 after a hiatus of more than two decades. The new framework retains many of the priorities set by the Trump administration, but adds initiatives on climate change and STEM.

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