NASA On Air: NASA Launches Satellite To Monitor Global Carbon Dioxide (7/1/2014)

  • Released Tuesday, July 1, 2014

LEAD: Where in the world is carbon dioxide? Where in the world does our carbon dioxide from fossil fuels go?

1. NASA’s first carbon dioxide satellite launched today (7/1/2014), will measure which forests and plants soak up the most carbon dioxide from the air.

2. The greater the absorption, the brighter the invisible fluorescence from growing plants.

3. The U.S. corn belt is the most efficient CO2 absorber in the world!

4. The Amazon rainforest is another carbon dioxide sponge.

TAG: Knowing where our carbon dioxide goes will help crop forecasters, as well as climate scientists. Approximately one quarter of our carbon dioxide emissions are absorbed by forests and vegetation.

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