California plans to launch its own satellite to monitor air pollution

September 17, 2018 by  
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California has promised to launch its own satellite to track air quality in the fight against air pollution. Governor Jerry Brown announced the major initiative amid President Donald Trump’s bid to decrease NASA’s part in monitoring climate change. Brown has not announced when the state will launch the satellite or how much it will cost taxpayers. Brown has long stood in opposition to Trump’s administration, which has fought California’s tough emissions standards. Following the effort to cut NASA funding for climate research, Brown hopes that the satellite will ensure that California has independent access to data gathering in the long term. “We’re going to launch our own satellite — our own damn satellite to figure out where the pollution is and how we’re going to end it,” Brown explained. Related: Striking, solar-powered LA roundabout manages stormwater runoff with art NASA has its own climate change program called the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS). The system gathers data from a collection of satellites and high-altitude aircraft to keep track of carbon emissions around the world. The program came under fire in the latest rounds of White House budget cuts, which were directly aimed at climate change initiatives. Fortunately, the appropriations committee did not cut CMS funding, but the threat left many scientists worried about the program’s future. Brown is collaborating with a company based out of San Francisco called Planet Labs to launch the satellite. The company will work with California’s Air Resources Board to build the satellite and track carbon emissions throughout the state and the world. So far, Planet Labs — backed by companies like Google and DCVC — has a fleet of 150 satellites, all of which take photographs of the earth and transfer the data to various governments, private companies, journalists, agriculture business and hedge funds. Brown hopes the program will lead to better climate monitoring, despite the efforts from the Trump administration. Via Earther and Huffington Post Image via Prayitno

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An inside look at California’s cap-and-trade program

October 25, 2012 by  
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Four hundred businesses are expected to participate in the first carbon allowance auction managed by the state's Air Resources Board.

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California Passes First State Cap-and-Trade Program in US

October 21, 2011 by  
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Russell Neches / CC BY 2.0 California has become the first state in the US to adopt a state-administered cap-and-trade program, LA Times reports. Yesterday, the California Air Resources Board voted unanimously for the carbon pricing scheme. … Read the full story on TreeHugger

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What Do Ankle Bracelets, Cell Phones, And Cool Cars Have In Common?

April 25, 2010 by  
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GPS-enabled ankle tether used on parolees to reduce jail overcrowding. Image credit: CG Newspapers . California Air Resources Board (CARB) had proposed a so-called “Cool Cars” regulation mandating new vehicle windows block 33 percent more heat-producing rays from the sun by 2012 and achieve a 60% reduction by 2016.

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Stephen Hawking Warns That Aliens May Be Like Us

April 25, 2010 by  
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Photo via the Telegraph For Stephen Hawking, one of the world’s most renowned scientists, there’s little doubt that life exists elsewhere in the universe .

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