Thursday, December 22, 2016

China Launches Carbon-Tracking Satellite into Space:  Xinhua

People walk in heavy smog during a polluted day in Jinan, Shandong province, China, December 20, 2016. (Credit: Reuters/Stringer) Click to Enlarge.
China launched a satellite to monitor its greenhouse gas emissions early on Thursday, the latest step in efforts to cut its carbon footprint, the official Xinhua news agency said.

The launch follows the United States joining China in formally ratifying the Paris agreement to curb climate-warming emissions.  It also comes as large sections of northern China have been shrouded in near-record levels of air pollution for most of the past week, disrupting flights, closing factories and schools, and forcing authorities to issue red alerts.
The launch comes after an international study showed that world greenhouse gas emissions stayed flat for the third year in a row in 2016, thanks to falls in China.

The satellite will provide China's policymakers with independent data for three years, the news agency said.

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