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Watching the Earth Breathe

Author: Guest Writer/Saturday, December 22, 2012/Categories: Uncategorized

Separating man-made carbon dioxide from the CO2 produced by biological sources -- plants -- is important. The role of the gas in trapping infrared heat is the basis for global warming. A little CO2-induced heat is good, but a lot is bad -- very bad. The CO2 growth rate has been rising fast over the past century and climate change is under way from this growth in the atmospheric concentration.

Using data from two NASA Earth monitoring satellites, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech has provided an important contribution to appreciating the problem. JPL used data visualization to illustrate the difference between CO2 produced by plants from that produced from man-made sources to produce a global animation. Using actual environmental measurements over the yearly seasons affecting CO2 production from plant photosynthesis may encourage more effective action to control the man-made sources of the pollution. This assumes people are willing to pay some attention to the talented scientists and engineers at JPL.

Let’s hope so.



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