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Pole-to-pole Flights Provide First Global Picture of Greenhouse Gases
January 29, 2009
An advanced research aircraft flew from the Arctic to the Antarctic this month, the first step in a three-year project to make the most extensive measurements of greenhouse gases to date. The resulting worldwide picture of greenhouse gases will help society create policies to curb global warming.
National Center for Atmospheric Research/University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
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