[Assignment: 48-DPA-11-30-07_SOI_K_SA_Event] Activities at the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) Ministerial Summit [("Earth Observation for Sustainable Growth and Development")] in Cape Town, South Africa, where Secretary Dirk Kempthorne [headed the U.S. delegation, and announced scientific advances including the North American Drought Monitor program, new operational use of global climate data, a new low-cost approach to dissemination of environmental data, and real-time air-quality forecasts to protect global public health] [48-DPA-11-30-07_SOI_K_SA_Event_IOD_8198.JPG]