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Orbiting Carbon Observatory

2000-Year High in Annual CO2 Emissions Set During 2015-2016 El Nino

Drought and high temperatures compromised the health of tropical rain forests across South America, Africa and the Asia-Pacific during the 2015/2016 El Nino, leading to a spike in carbon dioxide emissions, according to an analysis of data from the NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory.

NASA’s Climate Monitoring Plans

Despite the setback of the failed mission of NASA’s Orbiting Carbon Observatory, two other missions – Aquarius and Hydros – are planned that will provide scientists and researchers vital data into the state of Earth’s climate and the effects human activity has in climate change and global warming.