The United Nations is betting that satellites could help the world catch up on emissions reductions. From a report: The organization has unveiled a Methane Alert and Response System (MARS) that, as the name implies, will warn countries and companies of “major” methane emission releases. The technology will use satellite map data to identify sources, notify the relevant bodies and help track progress on lowering this output.
The initial MARS platform will focus on “very large” energy sector sources. It’ll gradually expand to include less powerful sources, more frequent alerts and data from animals, coal, rice and waste. Partners in the program, such as the International Energy Agency and UN’s Climate and Clean Air Coalition, will provide help and advice. The information also won’t remain a secret, as the UN will make both data and analyses public between 45 to 75 days after it’s detected. The system will get its early funding from the US government, European Commission, Bezos Earth Fund and the Global Methane Hub. Both Bezos’ fund and GMH are backing related efforts, such as studies on spotting and counteracting agricultural methane emissions.