Monitoring Greenhouse Gases From Space

Jan 15, 2020

A satellite orbiting earth revealed that a 2018 fracking explosion in Belmont County created one of the worst methane leaks in U.S. history. More methane gas leaked into the atmosphere in 20 days than all but three European countries emit in a year.

A group of Dutch and American scientists called the high-tech satellite a “promising approach” for detecting and measuring the potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming.

Today on All Sides: space technology’s emerging role in monitoring greenhouse gases.


  • Beth Burger, environmental reporter, The Columbus Dispatch
  • Steve Hamburg, chief scientist of Environmental Defense Fund and co-author of the scientific study

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