Taiwan contributing to global CO2 monitoring
CNATAIPEI--A global program that detects the level of greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere across the Asia-Pacific region has gathered first-hand information that could affect the way policy is made in the future, the project's Taiwanese leader said yesterday.
January 9, 2013, 12:09 am TWN
The first carbon dioxide (CO2) measurement mission covering the northwest and equatorial Pacific has found a much higher level of pollutants than previously estimated by Hawaii-based scientists, said Wang Kuo-ying, a National Central University professor.
“The findings are important because we can compare the actual figures to (the forecasts) of theoretical models for the first time,” Wang said.
While previous models suggested that the CO2 level across the Pacific should hover around 392 parts per million (ppm), the project found concentrations of the gas fluctuating significantly according to industrial activity.