Trump admin kills NASA project monitoring greenhouse gas emissions

Donald Trump-led White House 'quietly' kills NASA program on greenhouse gas Report

Donald Trump-led White House 'quietly' kills NASA program on greenhouse gas Report

A NASA program that cost $10 million per year to track carbon and methane, key greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming, has been cancelled, a U.S. space agency spokesman said Thursday.

Cole, responding to a request for comment from AFP, said Trump proposed cutting the CMS project and four Earth science missions past year.

'Now, President Donald Trump's administration has quietly killed the CMS'.

NASA spokesperson Steve Cole told Science the move to cut CMS from the budget was a joint effort by lawmakers and the Trump Administration.

Last June he announced the United States would be pulling out of the Paris climate accord, a deal signed by more than 190 nations to slash polluting emissions from fossil fuels.

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.

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

She said eliminating the CMS interferes with efforts to verify the emission cuts agreed to in the Paris climate deal.

NASA's Carbon Monitoring System (CMS) tracked sources and sinks for carbon and made high-resolution models of the planet's flows of carbon, said the report.

Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of Tufts University's Center for International Environment and Resource Policy, told Science that canceling the project could threaten plans to use the Carbon Monitoring System to track whether countries are falling in line with emission reductions laid out in the Obama-era Paris climate agreement. "If you can not measure emissions reductions, you can not be confident that countries are adhering to the (Paris climate) agreement", Gallagher added.

Canceling the CMS "is a grave mistake".

It has now scrapped the funding for the USA space agency's CMS which has until now used satellite and aircraft instruments to monitor carbon dioxide and methane levels remotely - spending $10m each year, the Independent reported on Thursday.