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Jun 4, 2021 2:27:43 PM
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Are greenhouse gas detectors the future of climate data tracking?

Are greenhouse gas detectors the future of climate data tracking

Reports have it that Boeing, Alaska Airlines, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are teaming up to measure greenhouse gases midflight.

"The tools would measure concentrations of planet-heating pollution in the air," announced NOAA.

Colm Sweeney, NOAA Earth System Research Lab Aircraft Program's lead scientist explains that the focus of their study is currently on carbon dioxide and methane. Previous reports indicate that ground-level data tend to be imprecise, especially when it comes to methane emissions.


The team believes that because planes can fly through the air where these greenhouse gases actually build up, the measurements can be more accurate.

“We’re actually measuring where it counts,” says Sweeney.

You can read more about this story on The Verge, including whether this greenhouse gas-tracking technology is about to go commercial, here.


Methane reduction is one of the key topics that will be discussed at the upcoming Impact X Summit on Climate Growth, happening on 21-22 September in Sydney. This summit will bring Australia’s most promising and exciting innovators to the stage and will directly address the decarbonisation and resilience opportunity and connect technology founders and carbon service providers with the investors, buyers and partners they need to scale. To learn more or to register to attend the conference, click here.

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