Carbon-detecting skin

In February, NASA's Orbiting Carbon Observatory satellite failed to reach orbit and left behind nothing but enormous carbon footprints and a big splash in the Pacific Ocean. However, the Agency is now teaming up with tech company Cisco Systems to develop "Planetary Skin", which will allow scientists to monitor the accumulation of carbon in the atmosphere in near real-time. According to The Register, "global climate science could get a kick in the pants with NASA's new pact with Cisco Systems". Planetary Skin will draw on data from a network of satellite-, airborne-, sea-, and land-based sensors to update Earth's environmental status as the world turns.