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JAPAN launched a satellite yesterday to monitor greenhouse gases around the world in the hope the data it gathers will help global efforts to combat climate change.

The satellite, called "Ibuki," or "Vitality" in Japanese, will enable scientists to measure densities of carbon dioxide and methane from 56,000 locations on the Earth's surface, including the atmosphere over open seas. That would compare with just 282 land-based observation sites as of last October, most of which are in the United States, Europe and other industrialized regions, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency said.


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