Happy 1st Anniversary to the Methane International blog, which premiered on July 20, 2015! We hope you have found this format to be useful in learning about the latest GMI, methane, and climate news. The invitation from our first post still stands – please feel free to submit entries with our MI Article Submission Form!
This week we’d like to feature work from our American partner National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Earth Observatory blog. In March, they published a fantastic post chock full of charts and graphs on why methane matters and scientists’ work to quantify the effects of methane emissions. The March post features:
- An introduction on the sources of methane and historical levels of concentration in the atmosphere;
- The results of current research on mapping methane concentrations on a global level;
- Theories on variations in the increase of methane levels over the last 50 years;
- A discussion of emission impacts of unconventional oil and gas drilling in the U.S.;
- An explainer on methane emissions from thawing permafrost;
- A reassuring reality check on the threat of methane hydrates; and
- A discussion on the future of methane study.
We especially enjoyed the handy charts and graphs, such as this useful graph with projections:
In a follow-up post this month, NASA rounded up the results of current methane studies. This post explains the following in plain language:
- Why the agricultural sector (rice and livestock production) is likely the culprit of recent methane concentration increases;
- How the U.S. has played an outsized role in global methane emissions increases; and
- The role of satellites in the future of quantifying methane emissions.
We hope you will continue to return to the Methane International Blog as your one-stop shop on all methane news and global emission reduction activities!