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Space agencies around the world have come to an agreement to share each other's satellite findings to monitor greenhouse gas emissions.

On June 3, space agencies from over 60 nations with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the French Space Agency (CNES) as catalysts agreed to interconnect their satellites and integrate their techniques and information to oversee greenhouse gases produced by human activity.

Paris Climate Agreement: A Follow-Through

The Paris climate meeting, which happened in December of last year, instigated the new agreement. Satellites played a vital role in the discovery of climate change and the further actions that countries have already carried out. In fact, out of the 50 important climate factors, 26 can only be monitored from space. These include sea level rise and atmospheric greenhouse gas accumulations.

Putting into action the Paris climate conference plans heavily depends on being able to monitor whether countries are meeting their pledges or not. To do this, experts should look at satellites.

Unity Among Nations

On April 3, space agencies from across the world decided to build an independent international system that will centralize the data received by satellites. This agreement, called the New Delhi Declaration, was formally implemented on May 16.

Now, the objective is to synchronize the satellite information so they can be put together and be studied for comparison over time.

"It is overwhelming to see the unilateral support of all space agencies to use space inputs for monitoring climate change," says ISRO Chairman A.S. Kiran Kumar. Satellites that observe the Earth give important techniques of getting climate measurements from an international view, he adds.

ISRO is engaged in supporting earth observation data via the help of satellites and with the implementation of improvements to meet present and future needs.

CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall says the agreement is a momentous event that is more than just success for the space industry. The collaboration also shows what kind of triumph can be attained via international unity. With this agreement, space scientists may now access the materials to exhibit their talents, knowledge and enthusiasm to work for the humanity and for the welfare of the Earth, he adds.

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