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NASA Carbon Monitoring Plan Shut Down - Carlos Gamino
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NASA Carbon Monitoring Plan Shut Down

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By Carlos Gamino

The NASA Carbon Monitoring plan, responsible for pulling data from all over the world, has been shut down following drastic budget cuts. The now-shuttered plan compiled data that came from satellite and aircraft measurements of CO2 and methane emissions, and scientists use that data to understand the impact industry, agriculture and other human activities have on the Earth.

And now that the plan has been shut down, nations that are part of the Paris Climate Accord will have a much tougher time determining and verifying whether benchmarks have been met. (The only three nations on Earth that aren’t part of the accord are the U.S., Syria and Nicaragua.)

Readings from Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory say that concentrations of carbon dioxide have just passed another dangerous level, as well. 

"The reading from the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii finds that concentrations of the climate-warming gas averaged above 410 parts per million [ppm] throughout April," Chris Mooney wrote for the Washington Post. "The first time readings crossed 410 at all occurred on April 18, 2017, or just about a year ago."

Scientists say that the numbers will only get higher, too.

“As a scientist, what concerns me the most is not that we have passed yet another round-number threshold but what this continued rise actually means: that we are continuing full speed ahead with an unprecedented experiment with our planet, the only home we have," said Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University.

What Do You Think?

Do you think NASA should be monitoring carbon and methane, or do you think the space agency should spend its research dollars elsewhere? Are you concerned about rising carbon levels in the environment? I’d love to hear your take on it, so please share your thoughts on my Facebook page or on Twitter.

Carlos Gamino