NASA sensors could help detect methane from space to curb climate change

A NASA science instrument in orbit will form the backbone of a new initiative to research methane emissions from landfills in a new nonprofit project to monitor the greenhouse gas.

The new project, led by the nonprofit Carbon Mapper Group, will use data collected from the International Space Station by NASA’s EMIT experiment (its name is short for Earth Surface Mineral Dust Source Investigation) and other NASA science instruments to tracking methane, which according to NASA is the source of about a quarter to a third of human-caused global warming.

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