Satellite Emissions Tracking

May 16, 2016
Satellite system could monitor climate changing gas emissions
Major nations are pivoting to get more precise information about national greenhouse gas emissions, according to a report in the News York Times.Major space agencies are teaming up to deploy a fleet of satellite that will serve as emissions monitors.“The world’s space agencies are calling for a new generation of satellites that would be precise enough to map greenhouse gas emissions from individual nations,” the newspaper reporter. “Their goal is to replace decades of rough estimates with advanced monitoring of what has become one of the world’s foremost concerns.”Initial plans call for deploying up to eight satellites in orbit by 2030 at an estimated cost of $5 billion, the article reported.It did not explore what impact if any this will have on utilities, major emitters of greenhouse gasses, or how the investment in the technology will be recovered.

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