The satellite is carrying equipment designed by scientists at Colorado State University.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy spoke at the Western Governors' Association meeting.
A recent United Nations' report on climate change finds we have roughly 15 years to cut greenhouse gas emissions by about 50 percent.
A CU study says waste water produced during the processing of palm oil is a significant source of methane and bad for the climate. But researchers say the leaky gas could be captured and used as a renewable energy source.
Just like a weather report predicts the likelihood of a dangerous tornado, scientists say there needs to be better monitoring of long-term climate change and related threats.