Greenhouse gas and ice thickness measurements reflect collaboration

We are starting to see a number of new technologies emerging from different countries to monitor greenhouse gas emissions, to measure Arctic ice thickness, and to generate accurate, clear data about where the source of global warming emissions are coming from.  Earlier, we posted the information about the upcoming February Arctic Ice thickness walking survey, the Catlin Arctic Survey, an international collaboration between polar explorers and some of the world’s foremost scientific bodies.  This is a fascinating one – where you will be able to literally watch their progress each day.  Search for Catlin Arctic Survey on this weblog, and you’ll get the details.    Using a new and innovative ice thickness radar measurement device called Sprite, this three-person 100-day trek over 1200km of Arctic sea ice seeks to resolve one of the most important environmental questions of our time:  How long will the Arctic Ocean’s sea ice cover remain a permanent feature of our planet?

Well, here is another scientific initiative.  Japan has launched the first satellite to monitor greenhouse gases worldwide.  See article on Sustainablog.

This is good news.  It appears that a number of countries are beginning to collaborate in investing in measurement tools to contribute good data to the decision-making that we will all have to make collectively, in response to global warming pollution.

It would be great to see our government bodies in Manitoba – federal, provincial, municipal also investing more significant resources into monitoring base levels of carbon emissions from various sectors and methane associated with agriculture, and start sharing this data with others.  Collaboration in business, in science, and in community development.  That’s the new paradigm.  Efficient, resource-sharing, and transparent.

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