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Global Greenhouse Gas Observation Network Launched

January 12, 2011

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Earth Networks, the parent company of WeatherBug, announced today its plans to build an extensive multimillion-dollar greenhouse gas observation monitoring network.

The Greenhouse Gas Observation Network, in close collaboration with the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Calif., will measure atmospheric carbon dioxide and methane, the two most significant greenhouse gases, in real-time.

The network initial build out will be 100 sensors with 50 installed in the U.S., 25 in Europe and 25 spread elsewhere around the world. Additional sensors will likely be added in subsequent expansions. Currently, only a few dozen greenhouse gas monitoring sites exist worldwide, limiting the data available to researchers.

The more extensive sensor data, when combined with information from the existing WeatherBug Live Tracking Network, will allow Earth Networks and Scripps researchers the ability to run sophisticated atmospheric modeling techniques to establish carbon footprint reports for considerably smaller geographic regions than is currently possible. Scripps researchers will conduct additional broad and far-reaching climate research using the new data. Other research institutes will be given access to the raw data.

"This network is going to measure the most important greenhouse gases which are sometimes created as the result of industrial activities. We`ll be able to comprehend a regional level that has not previously been examined. The network. . . will enable us to further refine our scientific studies on where greenhouse gases originate, how they circulate around our atmosphere, and how they move from one area to another." Says Dr. Tony Haymet, director of Scripps Oceanography.

"Our mission is to take the pulse of the planet by measuring key global environmental data on an unprecedented scale, utilizing the latest measurement and networking technologies," says Robert Marshall, CEO of Earth Networks and co-founder AWS Convergence Technologies, the company becoming Earth Networks.

The Earth Networks Greenhouse gas observation network information will be integrated into WeatherBug products to help educate the public.

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