The US Government decided to cut NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a $10-million-a-year research. This project was tracking GHG emissions around the world and was reporting the carbon flows.
As the Science Magazine reported, this development is putting the country’s compliance with the Paris Agreement at risk, as if there is not a way to measure GHG emissions, then it won’t be able to tell which countries comply and which don’t, Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of Tufts University’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy in Medford, Massachusetts, was cited as saying.
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Despite the fact that NASA has not commented on this yet, Science says that CMS was a target for the US Government, as it did not have a private contractor to lobby for it.
The CMS managed to improved carbon monitor. It supported by the city of Providence to use multiple data sources, in order to compile a picture of its GHG, and identify ways to mitigate this problem.
It has also tracked carbon in the Mississippi River as it flows out into the ocean, and has paid for researchers led by Daniel Jacob, an atmospheric chemist at Harvard University, to refine their satellite-based observations of methane.