Actual fossil fuel emissions checked with new technique

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Actual fossil fuel emissions checked with new technique

Post by Gawdzilla Sama » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:11 pm

Actual fossil fuel emissions checked with new technique

Date: April 12, 2018

Source: Imperial College London

Summary: Researchers have measured CO2 emissions from fossil fuel use in California and compared them to reported emissions. This is the first time fossil fuel emissions have been independently checked for such a large area
This is the first time fossil fuel emissions have been independently checked for such a large area.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) from fossil fuel combustion is the primary driver of climate change, and many governments, companies and citizens are making efforts to curb their emissions. A key part of this effort is measuring the change in emissions.

Countries and regions report their CO2 emissions from fossil fuels by counting what they have used, such as the amount of oil, coal or gas they have burned. However, there may be uncertainty in these estimates, for example depending on the composition of the fuel.

Now, a team of researchers, led by members from Imperial College London, have reported a technique to estimate CO2 emissions from fossil fuels using atmospheric measurements, tested over three months in California.

In this case the reported and actual emissions matched up well -- but researchers warn this may not be the case everywhere else in the world.

The study, funded by NASA and published today in Environmental Research Letters, is the first time scientists have been able to measure fossil fuel CO2 emissions over a large area like California. The researchers suggest the technique could also be used in other regions, strengthening the ability to report and monitor efforts to curb emissions.
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Re: Actual fossil fuel emissions checked with new technique

Post by bobbo_the_Pragmatist » Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:16 pm

Puts me in mind of methane pollution. The "reports" mostly from Big Fossil say its insignificant. Actual independent measurements show some localized areas darn near poisonous clouds. Haven't heard the situation even being acknowledged.
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