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Globally, July was hottest July in 136 years; first 7 months of 2015 also hits record, NOAA says

The combined average temperature over global land and ocean surfaces was 0.14 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the previous record set in 1998. It was also 1.46 F higher than the 20th century average of 60.4 F.

GAO: NASA Space Launch System cost and schedule estimates are unreliable

NASA's cost and schedule estimates for its Space Launch System aren't credible because the agency didn't follow best practices, says a July 16 Government Accountability Office audit.

US Forest Service using high-resolution satellite data, advanced modeling to fight wildfires

The Agriculture Department's Forest Service is using NASA's Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership, which provides greater detail of smaller wildfires than ever before.

Space station costs to jump by almost $1B by fiscal 2020, GAO says

Costs for the International Space Station are expected to be almost $1 billion more than initially projected, according to the Government Accountability Office. The report was delivered as testimony July 10 before the House Science, Space and Technology subcommittee on space.

NASA: Heat-trapping Pacific, Indian oceans explain pause in upward surface temperature trend

NASA researchers analyzed ocean temperatures from a global network of 3,500 probes, which shows that temperatures below surface have been increasing. The Pacific Ocean is the main source of the warm water, but some of that now is being pushed into the Indian Ocean.

Scientists test early-warning system for solar storms that can disrupt power grids, GPS

Geomagnetic or solar storms can occur when clouds from coronal mass ejections interact with the Earth's magnetic field, potentially interfering with GPS technology used in vehicles as well as the ability of aircraft systems to accurately assess a plane's distance from the ground for landing.

New federal partnership seeks to improve global community resilience to climate change impacts

The Climate Services for Resilient Development public-private partnership was launched with more than $34 million in financial and in-kind contributions from the federal government and seven other institutions and governments.

Development, launch of next-gen weather satellites still at risk, Commerce IG finds

Since inception, the GOES-R series – which includes GOES-R,-S,-T, and-U satellites – has had several major setbacks due to changes in scope and costs, lack of certain experienced personnel, and even the impact from sequestration, resulting in several launch delays.

New report to congressional caucus paints broad picture of cloud computing progress, obstacles

While the report said that most agencies are "fence sitters," there are those who are unwilling or hesitant to move to the cloud because these "box huggers...fear loss of control and getting blamed for failure."

Agencies turn to the public for innovative, cost-cutting solutions

Agencies have increasingly looked beyond federal employees and turned to public competitions to find innovative solutions to vexing problems, says a recently released Office of Science and Technology Policy report. And that's saved the government money in the long run.