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NASA Satellite Takes First Look At Earth's Carbon Dioxide

by Wochit 0:42 mins

NASA Satellite Takes First Look At Earth's Carbon Dioxide

by Wochit 0:42 mins

NASA's newest satellite has arrived in its final orbit and begun tracking levels of the heat-trapping gas carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory 2, which blasted off July 2, arrived in its final orbit 438 miles above the Earth. The satellite then collected its first test data three days later while flying over Papua New Guinea. Concentrations of the gas in Earth's air have risen from 280 parts per million before the Industrial Revolution to about 400 ppm today, primarily due to the burning of fossil fuels and other human activities.

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