Methane Emissions

Methane (CH4) is the main component of fossil gas, making up 96% of its composition. It is also emitted from deforestation, landfills, cattle and other natural sources. Methane is over 100 times stronger than carbon dioxide (CO2) as a greenhouse gas, but within 7 years, 50% washes out of the atmosphere. Methane is 80 times stronger than CO2 when impacts are measured over 20 years, and 30 times stronger over 100 years, with most of the warming occurring in the first few years (the impact is not getting weaker over time, but rather that methane dissipates faster than CO2).

Methane is currently a “climate domino” pushing the planet towards run-away climate change Run-Away Climate ChangeRun-away climate change is already possible under current levels of global warming. However, beyond certain tipping points, namely the 1.5-2°C…Read on اقرأ المزيد . It is responsible for 0.5 °C of current global heating (compared to 0.7 °C for CO2), but the resulting heat can be reversed quickly if emissions are reduced. This makes cutting methane emissions one of the most effective mitigation MitigationThe efforts to reduce or eliminate greenhouse gas emissions. Mitigation measures include reducing emissions on the demand side through energy-efficiency…Read on اقرأ المزيد methods.

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