Japan In The News: Japan launches orbiter to probe greenhouse gases

Last Friday, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched a satellite to monitor greenhouse gases to help scientists better judge where global warming emissions are coming from, and how much is being absorbed by the oceans and forests.

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The picture above is courtesy of AP Photo/Kyodo News showing the H2A rocket taking off from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan.

The monitoring satellite, nicknamed “Ibuki”, is the world’s first satellite to measure the atmosphere’s concentration of carbon dioxide and methane, which cause global warming.  Full coverage can be found at Yahoo News and the Mainichi Daily News.

Japan is also home to the Kyoto Protocol, which establishes legally binding commitments for the reduction of four greenhouse gases adopted by over 180 countries.

With President Obama now officially the US President, hopefully more focus is placed on the environment to begin a real “green” revolution.

3 thoughts on “Japan In The News: Japan launches orbiter to probe greenhouse gases

  1. I haven’t had the chance to go yet. They’re closed on weekends and holidays, so it’s hard to find a time to go during the week. Hopefully I can go soon, I love space stuff. When I was a kid I seriously wanted to be an astronaut.

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