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Source: Stocksnap

California Will Launch Satellite To Monitor Air Pollution

By Koty Neelis

California will launch a satellite to help monitor air pollution, Governor Jerry Brown announced at the Global Action Climate Summit. The announcement comes amidst President Donald Trump’s plan to decrease NASA’s part in monitoring climate change. 

This satellite will have the ability to detect the “point source” of climate pollutants, including super pollutants which have more potent heat-trapping effects, but remain in the atmosphere for a shorter time than carbon dioxide. Reducing these pollutants can have an immediate and beneficial impact.

Though Brown didn't announce when the satellite would launch, he said he hopes that the satellite will make sure that the state of California has independent access to data gathering in the long term.