Thursday 2 February 2023

What’s the WMO’s new plan to track greenhouse gases?

What’s the WMO’s new plan to track greenhouse gases?

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has devised a new plan to track air quality and heat-trapping pollutants across the Earth on the ground.

Measurement stations would be put in place for areas flagged by satellites or aeroplanes as areas of concern when it comes to air pollution levels.

There is an aim for this technology to be deployed within five years, with the WMO explaining its decision: “At present, there is no comprehensive, timely international exchange of surface and space-based greenhouse gas observations.

“With more precise and more long-term data, we will gain a better understanding of our changing atmosphere. We will be able to make more informed decisions and we will understand if the actions we have taken are having the desired effect.”

Dr Oksana Tarasova, who is working on developing this technology, added: “It’s not just anthropogenic emissions that will be monitored but what the forests are doing and what the oceans are doing. We need this information to support our mitigations because we have no time to lose.”

The scientists involved are also hopeful that implementing these stations will provide more information for why certain greenhouse gases have increased or decreased.

This would represent the first internationally coordinated atmospheric monitoring body yet – allowing information about all parts of the world to be accessed by the same group of researchers.

Clarifying hotspots of gases such as methane or carbon dioxide will also provide more insight into their impacts on nearby life – the WMO explained.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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