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A newly launched Japanese satellite is the first ever designed to monitor greenhouse gases worldwide and should help scientists better judge where global warming emissions are coming from and how much is being absorbed by the oceans and forests.

Named Ibuki, which means “breath,” the device along with a similar U.S. satellite to be launched next month will represent an enormous leap in available data on carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere, now drawn from scattered ground stations.

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