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The LA Gas Leak Was So Bad You Could See It From Space

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The LA Gas Leak Was So Bad You Could See It From Space

The natural gas leak at Aliso Canyon earlier this year was already one of the worst environmental disasters in US history. Several months later, however, it has now gained the additional distinction of being the first industrial methane point-source visible from outer space. That is according to a study published this week in Geophysical Research Letters, which used an infrared spectrometer on NASA’s Earth Observing-1 satellite to detect methane leaking near Aliso Canyon on three separate overpasses during December 2016 and January 2016. One of those detection events, shown above, nicely corresponds with methane plume data collected aboard a NASA...

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