methane

New Satellite Network to Find and Monitor Methane Super-Emitters

New Satellite Network to Find and Monitor Methane Super-Emitters

Less than three years after California governor Jerry Brown said the state would launch “our own damn satellite” to track pollution in the face of the Trump administration’s climate denial, California, NASA, and a constellation of private companies, nonprofits, and foundations are teaming up to do just that. Under the umbrella of the newly-formed group […]

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    Amazon Rainforest Is Probably Contributing to Climate Crisis, Study Finds

    Amazon Rainforest Is Probably Contributing to Climate Crisis, Study Finds

    The Amazon rainforest likely emits more greenhouse gases than it absorbs, a first-of-its-kind study has found. The study, published in Frontiers in Forests and Global Change on Thursday, is the first to consider emissions other than carbon dioxide, such as methane from floods and cattle, and black carbon from forest-clearing fires. “Cutting the forest is […]

    Biden Admin Sets Interim Obama-Era ‘Social Cost’ Estimates for Greenhouse Pollution

    Biden Admin Sets Interim Obama-Era ‘Social Cost’ Estimates for Greenhouse Pollution

    The Biden administration announced it will use Obama-era calculations of the “social cost” of three greenhouse gas pollutants while an interagency working group calculates a more complete estimate, the White House announced Friday. Often described as “the most important number you’ve never heard of,” the “social cost” of greenhouse gases estimates the harms to society […]

    Clean Energy Transition Could Center on Republican Districts

    Clean Energy Transition Could Center on Republican Districts

    Many congressional districts with the most clean energy potential are current fossil fuel hubs, potentially reducing political barriers to a just transition away from the energy sources that cause climate change, a Brookings report says. Of the 155 congressional districts with high renewable energy potential, 91 are currently represented by a Republican. Although fossil fuel […]

    U.S. Gas Industry Lobbies Against Buildings Going Electric

    U.S. Gas Industry Lobbies Against Buildings Going Electric

    Gas utilities and industry trade groups are fighting across the country to prohibit municipalities from taking steps to cut greenhouse gas pollution from buildings, efforts those utilities and groups view as an existential threat, NPR and the Washington Post report. The American Gas Association, which gets its funding from ratepayers via its member utilities, is […]

    Record Rainfall Linked to Surging Methane Emissions in East Africa

    Record Rainfall Linked to Surging Methane Emissions in East Africa

    Scientists have long warned the public about compound climate events when climate change drivers combine with climate disasters. One occurrence may already be happening in East Africa, a study published Wednesday found. In 2018 and 2019, East Africa experienced unusually wet seasons, provoked by warmer ocean temperatures in the western Indian Ocean and cooler temperatures […]

    How Protecting Wetlands Can Help the Climate

    How Protecting Wetlands Can Help the Climate

    By Tim Schauenberg Although wetlands cover less than 4% of the Earth’s surface, 40% of all animal species live or reproduce in them. One-third of all organic matter on our planet is stored in places like the gigantic Pantanal wetland in western Brazil, the Sudd floodplain in southern Sudan or the Wasjugan Marsh in western […]

    Moon Influences Arctic Ocean Methane Releases, Study Finds

    Moon Influences Arctic Ocean Methane Releases, Study Finds

    The moon helps to control the release of methane from the Arctic Ocean. That’s the takeaway from a study published in Nature Communications in October, which found that the tidal rhythms played a role in the intensity and frequency of methane releases from sediments in the Arctic Ocean. Lower tides meant more intense releases, while […]