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New satellite to identify worst oil & gas polluters from space

The data the satellite collects will be presented on public display. It is capable of providing higher resolution data than existing satellites.

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New satellite to identify worst oil & gas polluters from space

A washing-machine-sized satellite is to “name and shame” the worst methane polluters in the oil and gas industry.

MethaneSat will be launched from California at 2:00 p.m. local time with the aim of providing a snapshot of greenhouse emissions from the oil and gas industry from space.

The data the satellite collects will be presented on public display.

It is capable of providing higher resolution data than existing satellites.

Methane, also called natural gas, is responsible for 30% of the global heating driving the climate crisis. Stopping its emissions is the only way to stop the rise in temperature.

The MethaneSat satellite was built by the US NGO Environmental Defense Fund in partnership with a New Zealand agency at a cost of 88 million USD.

150 countries have signed a pledge to reduce methane emissions by 30 percent by 2030 compared to 2020, and some other oil and gas companies have made similar commitments but the outcome is yet to materialize.

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