October Methane News Round-Up


Happy Halloween from your friends at the Global Methane Initiative Administrative Support Group! Before delving into the methane news coverage of this month, we ask you: what’s spookier than climate change? Check out these climate change Halloween-themed costumes to wear out tomorrow evening – that way you can spread the word about the serious effects of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere in addition to donning a creative theme (hint: we like the methane-themed farting cow costume).

This month, The Economist touted the near-term benefits of curbing short-lived climate pollutants, and the European Parliament listened when it decided to support a new law that puts national limits on major pollutants, including methane (but excluding methane from enteric fermentation). The new law still needs endorsement by member states.

In the United States, the rising ocean temperatures off the Pacific coast are causing methane hydrates on the ocean floor to melt and release their methane. Meanwhile, the Alaskan permafrost is beginning to thaw. In the nation’s capital, the Blue Plains facility is using biogas generated from citizens’ excrement.

Finally, the Daily Beast offers a helpful guide on effective recycling. See you in November!

October Methane News Round-Up

Low Hanging Dirt (The Economist)

European politicians back new law to reduce air pollution (Reuters)

New methane organisms discovered (Business Standard)

Fracking can cause nearby abandoned wells to leak methane: study (Reuters)

Warming Oceans may be Spewing Methane off West Coast (Popular Science)

Permafrost warming in parts of Alaska ‘is accelerating’ (BBC News)

D.C. water is number one at recycling number two (WJLA ABC News)

When Should You Not Recycle? (The Daily Beast)

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