On thursday China launched a satellite to monitor carbon dioxide levels, state media said, making the Asian giant the 3rd country to track the potent contributor to global warming from space.
This TanSat probe will allow China to keep a close eye on greenhouse gas emissions and give it a “louder voice” in future negotiations on carbon reduction, according to the official Xinhua news agency.This technology will “trace the sources of greenhouse gases and help evaluate whether countries are fulfilling their commitments” to reduce pollutants under environmental pacts, it said.
China is a signatory to the Paris climate change agreement, the first universal action plan for curbing global warming.aThe United states of Ameria and China are together responsible for some 40 percent of the world’s emissions, so their participation in the agreement is crucial for its success.
This satellite launch comes after US president elected Donald Trump as an avowed climate sceptic, reportedly threatened to gut the US space agency NASA’s climate change monitoring program.China is the 3rd country after the US and Japan to launch a Carbon dioxide monitoring satellite. The three-year mission will take readings every sixteen days.