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Trump Administration Cancels NASA Plan to Track Greenhouse Gases

The White House has mounted a broad attack on climate science, repeatedly proposing cuts to NASA's earth science budget

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US President Donald Trump.

At a time when the world is struggling to fight climate change, US President Donald Trump’s administration has quietly killed a NASA system to monitor the flow of greenhouse gas, the media reported.

The White House has mounted a broad attack on climate science, repeatedly proposing cuts to NASA’s earth science budget, including NASA’s Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), the Science Magazine reported this week.

It has now scrapped the funding for the US 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.

Canceling the CMS “is a grave mistake”, Kelly Sims Gallagher, director of Tufts University’s Centre for International Environment and Resource Policy, told the Science Magazine.

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NASA. Pixabay

“If you cannot measure emissions reductions, you cannot be confident that countries are adhering to the (Paris climate) agreement,” Gallagher added.

Other scientists also expressed their concerns about the impact the killing oc CMS would have on fighting climate change.

Scrapping the system was “disappointing”, said Stephen Hagen, a senior scientist at Applied GeoSolutions in New Hampshire.

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“(This) means we’re going to be less capable of tracking changes in carbon,” he added.

But the NASA system has been an obvious target for Trump who had begun the withdrawal process from the Paris accord.

The accord was signed in December 2015 by nearly 200 countries to curb global carbon emissions and contain global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. (IANS)

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NASA Names Mars Rock after The Band, The Rolling Stones

Slightly larger than a golf ball, the “Rolling Stones Rock” is said to have rolled about 3 feet (1 meter), spurred by the InSight spacecraft’s thrusters

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The "Rolling Stones Rock," slightly larger than a golf ball and named after the rock band, is seen on the surface of Mars after it rolled about 3 feet, spurred by the thrusters on NASA's InSight spacecraft, Nov. 26, 2018. VOA

The Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career. But now their influence has gone into space after NASA’s Mars InSight Mission named a rock on the planet after the band.

Slightly larger than a golf ball, the “Rolling Stones Rock” is said to have rolled about 3 feet (1 meter), spurred by the InSight spacecraft’s thrusters during touchdown on Mars in November, NASA said.

“In images taken by InSight the next day, several divots in the orange-red soil can be seen trailing Rolling Stones Rock,” it said. “It’s the farthest NASA has seen a rock roll while landing a spacecraft on another planet.”

Hollywood actor Robert Downey Jr. announced the name as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts were about to perform Thursday night at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium, close to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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The Rolling Stones have rocked stages around the world in their more than 50-year career. Pixabay

The Rolling Stones, known for hits such as “Sympathy For The Devil” and “Brown Sugar,” called the honor “a milestone in our long and eventful history.”

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While the “Rolling Stones Rock” name is informal, it will feature on working maps of Mars, NASA said, but only the International Astronomical Union can give official scientific names for locations, asteroids and other objects in the solar system. (VOA)