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The White House doesn’t want anyone to know how much carbon is in the atmosphere

While the world was distracted with the Iran deal, the large payments made to Michael Cohen’s shell company and a potential war in the Middle East, the White House quietly killed the funding for a key system to monitor greenhouse gas emissions around the globe.

First reported by Science Thursday, “budget constraints” have forced NASA to end its $10 million-a-year Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a vital resource for the agency to understand global carbon flows.

The tool is critical to monitoring countries’ greenhouse gas emission levels and to track whether or not they are meeting targets set out in the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Trump has already signaled his intent to withdraw from the Paris agreement, though the U.S. will remain part of the pact until its exit is formalized in 2020.

Trump has repeatedly threatened NASA’s earth science budget and other climate missions, in favor of boosting the fossil fuel industry. The budget passed in March by Congress omitted any mention of CMS, effectively ruling out the use of carbon monitoring projects in the future.

While the world was distracted with the Iran deal, the large payments made to Michael Cohen’s shell company and a potential war in the Middle East, the White House quietly killed the funding for a key system to monitor greenhouse gas emissions around the globe.

First reported by Science Thursday, “budget constraints” have forced NASA to end its $10 million-a-year Carbon Monitoring System (CMS), a vital resource for the agency to understand global carbon flows.

The tool is critical to monitoring countries’ greenhouse gas emission levels and to track whether or not they are meeting targets set out in the 2015 Paris climate accord.

Trump has already signaled his intent to withdraw from the Paris agreement, though the U.S. will remain part of the pact until its exit is formalized in 2020.

Trump has repeatedly threatened NASA’s earth science budget and other climate missions, in favor of boosting the fossil fuel industry. The budget passed in March by Congress omitted any mention of CMS, effectively ruling out the use of carbon monitoring projects in the future.

NASA attempted to defend the decision Friday, saying it won’t have a major impact on its climate monitoring work.

READ: Starving polar bears are the new “poster species” for climate change deniers

“The winding down of this specific research programme does not curb NASA’s ability or

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