Thursday, May 10, 2018

Trump Administration Cancels NASA Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Program

NASA Carbon Monitoring System (NASA-CMS) NASA Carbon Monitoring System Science Team Overview (Credit: NASA) Click to Enlarge.
The Trump administration has discontinued funding for NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a $10 million-a-year initiative that tracked greenhouse gas emissions across the globe, according to Science magazine.  The program stitched together disparate satellite and aircraft measurements of CO2 and methane to create a cohesive look at the flow of carbon on Earth — information vital to tracking national emissions levels.

“If you cannot measure emissions reductions, you cannot be confident that countries are adhering to the [Paris climate] agreement,” Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of Tufts University’s Center for International Environment and Resource Policy in Massachusetts, told Science.  Canceling the CMS “is a grave mistake,” she said.

The White House had included the CMS in several proposed budget cuts to scientific research.  But while Congress had previously fended off such cuts, a spending deal in March made no mention of CMS, which gave the administration the go-ahead to cancel the program, according to Steve Cole, a NASA spokesperson in Washington, D.C.  The move allows existing grants to finish up, but does not support any new research.

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