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Environment Ministry to measure greenhouse gases from outer space

The Ministry of the Environment will use satellites to observe greenhouse gases. (Photo courtesy of JAXA)

As early as 2023, the Ministry of the Environment will initiate a project to measure from outer space each country’s greenhouse gas emissions. It will start with Mongolia and a few other Asia-Pacific nations. The plan is intended to support the global effort to address climate change by informing developing nations, which do not have sufficient terrestrial technology to measure their greenhouse gas emissions, how much they are emitting. The ministry also plans to use the technology to check whether the emissions figures reported by each country are accurate. (Abridged)

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