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Satellites key to monitoring harmful emissions: space agencies

03 April 2016

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Satellite technology plays a crucial role in measuring greenhouse gas emissions globally, the heads of several space agencies agreed on Sunday as they vowed to work together to develop a coordinated monitoring system.

The pledge comes after a landmark climate accord in Paris last year at which world leaders agreed to cap global warming by "well below" two degrees Celsius above pre-Industrial levels.

Satellites will play a "major role" in ensuring that ambitious target is met by measuring harmful emissions that contribute to the planet's warming, said Jean-Yves Le Gall, president of France's National Space Studies Centre (CNES), at the meeting in the Indian capital.

Source: AFP

Image credit: afp.com / ESA/NASA / Tim Peake - Satellite measuring harmful emissions that contribute to the planet's warming

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