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Earth Monitoring: Not enough eyes on the prize

The capacity of the United States to monitor Earth's vital signs is being stymied by tight budgets and poor coordination. Alexandra Witze reports.

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Witze, A. Earth Monitoring: Not enough eyes on the prize. Nature 450, 782–785 (2007). https://doi.org/10.1038/450782a

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