U.S. Cancels Carbon Monitoring Project

A NASA programme that cost $10 million per year to track carbon and methane, key greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, has been canceled.

The end of the programme — called the Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) — which tracked sources and sinks for carbon and made high-resolution models of the planet’s flows of carbon — was first reported by the journal Science.

The journal said NASA “declined to provide a reason for the cancellation beyond ‘budget constraints and higher priorities within the science budget’.”

After much deliberation, Congress decided they wanted those four space missions to be funded, writing them into the budget bill they passed in March 2018, he said

But since CMS was not among them, it was cut as proposed, Mr. Cole said, describing the entire process as a joint effort by lawmakers and the executive branch.

Existing grants would be allowed to finish but no new research would be supported, he said.

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