Mission to monitor climate change

David Knott London davidk@ogjonline.com Exxon Corp. urges further consideration of the subject before expensive regulations are imposed, Royal Dutch/Shell and BP Amoco plc advise a precautionary approach, and scientists are divided. We're talking global warming, and in the latest step of the debate, the European Space Agency (ESA) is to undertake a space mission to measure the changing thickness of the polar ice caps. The £400 million Living Planet program will comprise a series of space missions to chart the Earth's environment with global measurements of physical, chemical, and biological processes. The first probe will be launched in 2002,...

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