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  • NASA set to launch 'CO2 Hunter' December 18, 2008
    NASA set to launch "CO2 Hunter"
    The US space agency is set to launch a satellite that can map in detail where carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere.NASA set to launch 'CO2 Hunter'
  • NASA space probe to track CO2 on Earth December 5, 2008
    NASA space probe to track CO2 on Earth
    The occasionally acrimonious debate about the planet's climate has been missing a key component: accurate measurements of how much carbon dioxide is in the air and how it is being recycled by Earth.NASA space probe to track CO2 on Earth
  • NASA's Carbon-Sniffing Satellite Sleuth Arrives at Launch Site November 12, 2008
    NASA's Carbon-Sniffing Satellite Sleuth Arrives at Launch Site
    NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide, the leading human-produced greenhouse gas driving changes in Earth's climate, has arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., to begin final launch preparations.NASA's Carbon-Sniffing Satellite Sleuth Arrives at Launch Site
  • A is for Earth from Economist.com October 7, 2008
    A is for Earth from Economist.com
    Since the start of the industrial age, the concentration of carbon dioxide in earth's atmosphere has increased by about 25%- from 280 parts per million to over 370 parts per million. As concerns over climate change increase, scientists are being asked difficult questions about the extend to which carbon is being put into, and taken out of , the atmosphere. Precise answers to questions like these are necessary to reliably forecast changes in earth's climate. But massive gaps remain in our understanding of what happens to carbon dioxide after hit has been produced.A is for Earth from Economist.com
  • Phase 2 of Orbiting Carbon Observatory Field Campaign Begins October 2, 2008
    Phase 2 of Orbiting Carbon Observatory Field Campaign Begins
    After 1 year of side-by-side tests at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory with the OCO flight instrument and the FTS, installation of the FTS mobile laboratory at the SGP site began this summer.Phase 2 of Orbiting Carbon Observatory Field Campaign Begins
  • Happy Birthday OCO Flight Instrument September 2, 2008
    Happy Birthday OCO Flight Instrument
    Today, 2 September, marks the 1 year anniversary of the 1st Light experiment when we recorded atmospheric spectra with the heliostat and OCO flight instrument.Happy Birthday OCO Flight Instrument
  • Best Seller for Atmospheric Research! August 19, 2008
    Best Seller for Atmospheric Research!
    Best seller paper "Experimental intensity and lineshape parameters of the oxygen A-band using frequency-stabilized cavity ring-down spectroscopy" is holding the top spot for most downloaded paper in the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy.Best Seller for Atmospheric Research!
  • Reef madness - LA Times Opinon section June 1, 2008
    Reef madness - LA Times Opinon section
    A greenhouse gass is killing off the world's coral by turning the oceans into an acid bath.Reef madness - LA Times Opinon section
  • NASA to Launch Orbiting Carbon Observatory January 25, 2008
    NASA to Launch Orbiting Carbon Observatory
    Talk of the Nation, January 25, 2008 · A satellite observatory designed to map the carbon dioxide in the Earth's atmosphere will be launched in 2009.NASA to Launch Orbiting Carbon Observatory
  • The Crucial Measurement December 6, 2007
    The Crucial Measurement
    The "Carbon Club" began meeting on Fridays about a decade ago, setting up shop in whatever spare meeting places it could find at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Read more of the article written by Amanda Haag which appears in the 6Dec2007 issue of NATURE....The Crucial Measurement

Watching the planet breathe
Watching the planet breathe

When plants photosynthesize, they use energy from sunlight to turn carbon dioxide from the air into sugars used to live and grow. In doing so, they give off a fluorescent light — a glow that can’t be seen with the naked eye, but that can be seen with the right instruments. More photosynthesis translates into more fluorescence, meaning that the plants are very productive in taking up carbon dioxide. The amount of carbon dioxide taken up by plants is called “gross primary productivity,” and is the largest part of the global carbon cycle.