Methane Emissions Blow Past Current Estimates

Methane emissions from the global fossil fuel industry are up to 60 percent greater than existing estimates, according to a

new comprehensive analysis

of global methane emissions.


Map showing global methane concentrations in January 2016 at a pressure of 400 hectopascals, or roughly 6km above the surface. Concentrations are higher in the northern hemisphere because both natural- and human-caused sources of methane are more abundant there.


AIRS/Aqua/Nasa

The unaccounted-for emissions are 300 times more than California’s

Aliso Canyon leak

.

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According to current estimates, the fossil fuel industry

contributes about 22 percent

of global methane emissions and about 30 percent

of total U.S. methane emissions

. Methane has a

higher warming potential

than carbon dioxide in the short term.

Listen here to the NPR report:

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