methane

Burst Nord Stream Pipes Could Be One of the Worst Natural Gas Leaks Ever

Burst Nord Stream Pipes Could Be One of the Worst Natural Gas Leaks Ever

The methane leaking from Nord Stream pipes into the Baltic Sea may be one of the worst natural gas leaks in history, scientists say. Although the breached pipes were not in operation, they still contained natural gas when they were damaged. The leaking natural gas primarily consists of methane, a leading contributor to global warming. […]

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    Ben & Jerry’s Is Putting Its Cows on a Low Methane Emissions Diet

    Ben & Jerry’s Is Putting Its Cows on a Low Methane Emissions Diet

    Do cows eat seaweed? On a Ben & Jerry’s dairy farm, yes. In May, the popular ice cream maker announced that it’ll be putting its cattle on a special diet to reduce emissions of methane. It’s no secret that animal agriculture and dairy farming are major contributors to global climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions.  As a […]

    New Zealand Considers Charging Farmers for Livestock Emissions

    New Zealand Considers Charging Farmers for Livestock Emissions

    In New Zealand, sheep and cattle outnumber people. All that livestock passes gas, which means emitting more methane into the atmosphere. As such, the country has proposed to tax farmers for their livestock’s emissions. New Zealand’s agriculture makes up almost half of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions. According to the BBC, there are about 5 […]

    Humans Must Focus on More Than Carbon Dioxide to Meet Paris Agreement Targets, Study Warns

    Humans Must Focus on More Than Carbon Dioxide to Meet Paris Agreement Targets, Study Warns

    Many governments, companies, organizations, and individuals are working to help limit global warming to 1.5°C by minimizing carbon footprints and reducing carbon dioxide emissions. But a new study warns that failure to reduce emissions across the board, including methane, hydrofluorocarbons, soot, and other short-lived climate pollutants will cause humanity to miss not only the 1.5°C goal but could also contribute to 2°C of warming by 2050.

    The study, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, outlined that short- and long-term actions must address both carbon and non-carbon emissions to prevent catastrophic warming. The researchers used climate models to project global warming consequences with only decarbonization methods and found that a focus solely on carbon emissions actually led […]

    Satellite Detects Giant Methane Cloud Over Louisiana, Cause Remains a Mystery

    Satellite Detects Giant Methane Cloud Over Louisiana, Cause Remains a Mystery

    The plume stretched more than 56 miles across Louisiana and was the most severe concentration of methane found by satellites in the U.S. since October.

    Geoanalytics firm Kayrros SAS estimates an emissions rate of 105 tons of methane per hour was needed to generate the plume, which could have the same short-term climate impact as the annual emissions from more than 1,900 cars. The emissions are suspected to have been generated by gas pipelines in the state, but could have […]