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Taiwan joins global measuring of greenhouse gases

Taiwan joins global measuring of greenhouse gases

Taipei, Sept. 9 (CNA) Taiwan has launched a greenhouse gas monitoring program by deploying sensors to collect data on the distribution of greenhouse gases over the Pacific in an effort to help the world cope with global warming, Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) Minister Stephen Shu-hung Shen said Thursday.
Speaking in Taipei at the 2010 Third International Workshop on Pacific Greenhouse Gases Measurement, Shen said the program is part of the Pacific Greenhouse Gases Measurement Project undertaken by National Central University.
Commissioned by the government, the university signed a memorandum of understanding Feb. 18, 2008 with representatives of the European Union in Brussels on cooperation in greenhouse gas observation in the Asia-Pacific region, according to Shen.
EU countries have long been limited to the Atlantic in the detection of greenhouse gases because of aircraft flight restrictions, but with Taiwan's participation, they can now expand their observation to the whole world, according to Shen.
Wang Kuo-ying, director of the university's Center for Environmental Studies and convener of the project, said that Evergreen Marine Corp. has agreed to offer nine cargo ships to measure atmospheric carbon emissions and pollution.
China Airlines will also join the undertaking by installing monitoring equipment on one of its Airbus A340 planes. The plane, after being certified in Europe, is expected from 2011 to detect carbon dioxide, ozone, nitrogen and oxygen compounds, water vapor and suspended particulate matter.
The measurements compiled will also provide important data for verifying remote satellite sensing measurements, Wang added.
(By Lee Shien-feng and Y.L. Kao)




Updated : 2021-02-25 22:28 GMT+08:00