Scientists fly to test gases

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Scientists are to take to the skies in a bid to measure the amount of greenhouse gas emitted in the UK.

A team led by the University of Edinburgh will man a research aircraft equipped with sensors to measure carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide ­levels in the atmosphere.

Samples will also come from sensors on a North Sea ferry and several high points, including the BT Tower in London.

The four-year project will track the progress made on the target to cut pollution by 80 per cent by 2050.