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Spikes in carbon emissions detected with NASA satellite

MIAMI: Data from a circling NASA satellite shows spikes in carbon emissions worldwide, particularly in winter, along with new insights into the rising levels of pollutants that drive global warming, researchers said on Thursday. The findings in the journal Science are based on data from a carbon-tracking satellite launched in 2014 by the US space agency, known as NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory-2 (OCO-2). The satellite's mission is to examine how carbon dioxide, the leading greenhouse gas produced by the burning of…

China risks wasting $490 bn on coal plants: campaigners

BEIJING: China could waste as much as half a trillion dollars on unnecessary new coal-fired power stations, a climate campaign group said Monday, arguing the world's top carbon polluter already has more than enough such facilities. The Asian giant's rise to become the world's second largest economy was largely powered by cheap, dirty coal. But as growth slows, the country has had a difficult time weaning itself off the fuel, even as the pollution it causes wreaks havoc on the environment and public health. Many of…