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NASA satellites detect first ever decline in human CO2 emission

NASA satellites detect first ever decline in human CO2 emission

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A team of scientists at NASA has for the first time ever spotted regional fluctuations in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2)

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across the globe due to emissions from human activities during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Using a combination of NASA satellites and atmospheric modelling, including data from NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2)

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The team measured drops in CO2 emissions during the pandemic from space.

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Previous studies investigated the effects of lockdowns early in the pandemic and found that global CO2 levels dropped slightly in 2020.

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The results represent a leap forward for researchers studying regional effects of climate change and tracking results of mitigation strategies, the team said.

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