China Launches Satellite To Monitor Global Carbon Dioxide Emissions

As part of its effort to monitor and curb greenhouse gas emissions, China on Thursday launched an atmospheric carbon dioxide monitoring satellite from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center in the Gobi Desert. The TanSat satellite, launched on board a Long March-2D rocket, was sent to a sun synchronous orbit roughly 435 miles from the surface of Earth. The 1,400-pound satellite will measure global carbon dioxide levels every 16 days over the next three years. China hopes doing so would help policy makers and scientists gather “independent” climate change data. “Since only the United States and Japan have carbon-monitoring satellites, it is hard for us to see first-hand data,” Xinhua quoted […]

Climate Change: Global Alliance To Fight Ocean Acidification Formed

Carbon emissions have a clear impact on Earth’s atmosphere, trapping heat and contributing to global warming, which is one of the various facets of climate change. However, a lot of that carbon also gets absorbed by the water bodies on Earth, especially the oceans, where it contributes to increasing the acidic component of their waters. Oceans cover 70 percent of our planet, and seawater is actually basic, not acidic, but as an estimated 30-40 percent of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere due to human activity is dissolved in the oceans, the basicity of seawater reduces and moves toward being pH-neutral, like pure water. That process is referred to as […]

Climate Change: Arctic Report Card Shows Global Air Conditioner Is Failing

The Arctic got its report card Tuesday and it looks like someone is due for detention. It showed the Arctic is in failing health with temperatures at their highest since recordkeeping started more than a century ago, leading to a decline in snowpack and sea ice, ocean acidification and other environmental ills. “What happens in the Arctic doesn’t stay in the Arctic,” said Jeremy Mathis, director of NOAA’s Arctic research program. The lack of ice and snow could affect jet stream patterns across the Northern Hemisphere, leading to weird weather patterns. Our global air conditioner appears to be breaking down. An addendum to the annual assessment, which usually just covers […]