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Damn Satellite, Part 2 – Damn Airplane & CH4

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“In California, with science under attack... the climate threat still keeps growing,” Brown told delegates at Moscone Convention Center, near the city’s financial district in 2018. “With science still under attack, we’re going to launch our own satellite, our own damn satellite, to figure out where the pollution is.”

Now California and other like-minded organizations have put together a consortium to launch our “damn satellite,” and this includes funding. The program is called Carbon Mapper.

However these satellites will only identify large sources at large-scales, so I decided to drill down to scales where significant sources of one problematic greenhouse gas (GHG), methane (CH4) can be identified.

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Bob Meinetz on Nov 2, 2021

Carbon Mapper, a supposedly "non-profit" organization, just got some big help from a for-profit natural gas investor.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $25 Million to Accelerate the Fight Against Climate Change

Great - a private investment firm, with over $20 billion invested in natural gas, will build their own damn satellite to provide their own damn data (count on their damn satellite to show methane leakage is minimal). How predictable.

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John Benson on Nov 12, 2021

In reading last week's Science (Nov 5 issue), I came across an article titled: "Methane removal seen as tool to slow warming," The quote below is from the beginning of this article.

"...The United Nations climate summit opened here this week with faltering global commitments to reducing CO2, but more than 100 nations have agreed to cut their methane emissions by one-third by 2030..."

It looks like the Damn Satellite and Damn Airplanes will be rather busy. Renegade oil and gas producers, not so much.


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