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Le Gall calls for more satellites to help fight climate change

04 May 2016

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Satellites will play a vital role in ensuring the agreements reached last year at the COP21 Paris Climate Conference are followed through, but more are needed, according to Jean Yves Le Gall, president of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), the French space agency.

Speaking on 29 April at the Washington Space Business Roundtable, Le Gall said that the COP21 conference, which he regarded as perhaps the most momentous accomplishment of the decade, drove home the realization to many world leaders that satellites are an inimitable resource in the fight against anthropogenic global warming.

"I think that one of the lessons learned from the cooperation of the COP21 is that we changed the paradigm. Usually the space community says 'we need politicians,' but to prepare the COP21 I convinced my colleagues - other heads of space agencies - that we have to explain to the politicians that they need space agencies," said Le Gall.

Source: Satellite TODAY

Image credit: Satellite TODAY - Jean Yves Le Gall, president of the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES)

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