Quartz: The era of real-time emissions surveillance is upon us

Published on: Apr 15, 2021

“Methane emissions are analogous to a wildfire,” Riley Duren says. “Except these wildfires are invisible.” Duren is the CEO of a nonprofit, Carbon Mapper, that is working with the company Planet to launch two new satellites that will track these emissions from orbit. These occur at gas wells, pipelines, refineries, and power plants, but also landfills and cattle fields. While they dissipate faster than carbon dioxide, they have a greater proportional impact on global warming.”