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Timor Sea Drilling Spill – Another Exxon Valdez?

Folks are asking us “How much oil is being spilled into the Timor Sea?” We can’t answer that with the MODIS satellite images we’ve been getting from NASA; they just don’t contain enough information to estimate how thick the oil slicks are, so we can’t come up with a quantity. All we can do is […]


SkyTruth – How Do We Help?

At SkyTruth we focus on creating images from satellite and aerial imagery that shed light on environmental concerns, especially landscape- and ecosystem-altering activities such as oil and gas drilling, mining, and deforestation. Many citizen’s groups, large and small, use our work to help raise awareness of the problems and issues they’re confronting. Every so often […]


Gold Mining In the ‘Hood: Morro do Ouro Gold Mine – Paracatu, Brazil

How’d you like to have a fast-growing open-pit gold mine in your neighborhood?   Town of Paracatu with mining operation (gray) in the background. That’s a serious question facing the folks in Paracatu, in the Minas Gerais state of eastern Brazil. Gold mining there has occurred since the early 1700’s, but really kicked into high […]


Swine Flu and CAFOs – Any Connection?

Swine flu is certainly getting people’s attention, and raising a lot of discussion about factory farming and its possible impacts on our health, as well as the environment. We’ve just published a few satellite views of Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) near La Gloria, the town in the state of Veracruz, Mexico, where the first […]