On Jan. 27, President Joe Biden issued an executive order that outlined the details of the National Climate Task Force. Last Thursday (March 18), NASA announced that it has joined the task force, which “shall facilitate the organization and deployment of a Government-wide approach to combat the climate crisis,” according to the executive order.
“The United States and the world face a profound climate crisis. We have a narrow moment to pursue action at home and abroad in order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of that crisis and to seize the opportunity that tackling climate change presents,” the executive order reads.
“Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing us today,” Gavin Schmidt, acting NASA senior climate advisor and director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York, said in a NASA statement. “Given our unique ability to observe the planet from space and the long-term data records we’ve been able to assemble, NASA is in a prime position to inform policy decisions in the current administration and beyond.”
The Biden administration is focused on tackling climate issues and is putting the climate crisis “at the center of United States Foreign Policy and National Security,” according to the order. And it’s no surprise that NASA is joining the task force. The space agency has been involved in climate issues for decades, starting in 1960 when NASA launched TIROS-1 (the Television and Infrared Observation Satellite), the first weather satellite.
NASA also continuously updates its climate website with