Global Warming

Methane Leaks

The powerful greenhouse gas methane is leaking into the atmosphere from industrial sites around the planet at a rate comparable to carbon emissions generated in Germany and France annually, a French data analysis firm notes.

A report by Kayrros points to data from the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-5P satellite that reveal more than “100 high-volume emission events.” They are said to release about 22 million tons of methane from gas storage and transmissions facilities each year.

While relatively short-lived in the atmosphere, methane is dozens of times more potent in causing global warming than CO2.

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