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US methane “hotspot” is snapshot of local pollution US methane “hotspot” is snapshot of local pollution

US methane “hotspot” is snapshot of local pollution

The giant methane cloud spotted by satellite over the U.S. Southwest that made national headlines in 2014 wasn’t a persistent, undiscovered “hotspot” as first thought, but the result of a nightly...
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NOAA's miniature aerosol instrument delivered to space NOAA's miniature aerosol instrument delivered to space

NOAA's miniature aerosol instrument delivered to space

A miniaturized aerosol spectrometer developed by scientists in NOAA’s Chemical Sciences Labotatory will be one of several insttuments making sure air in the living spaces of the International Space Station...
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Aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of climate change, study finds Aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of climate change, study finds

Aviation is responsible for 3.5 percent of climate change, study finds

The study evaluated all of the aviation industry’s contributing factors to climate change, including emissions of carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide, and the effect of contrails and contrail cirrus –...
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New NOAA research model improves dust, air quality forecasts New NOAA research model improves dust, air quality forecasts

New NOAA research model improves dust, air quality forecasts

Running on the newest version of NOAA’s Global Forecast System, or GFS, the FV3-Chem model forecasts the distribution of some primary air pollutants: smoke, soot, organic carbon, sulfate, and large and small...
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NOAA teams with United Nations to create locust-tracking application NOAA teams with United Nations to create locust-tracking application

NOAA teams with United Nations to create locust-tracking application

NOAA’s powerful air quality model used to track pollution from wildfires, volcanoes and industrial accidents is now being used to help warn communities across Africa and Asia of what have been called the...
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NOAA exploring impact of COVID-19 response on the environment NOAA exploring impact of COVID-19 response on the environment

NOAA exploring impact of COVID-19 response on the environment

NOAA has launched a wide-ranging research effort to investigate the impact of reduced vehicle traffic, air travel, shipping, manufacturing and other activities on Earth’s atmosphere and oceans due to the...
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