June was a somewhat quiet month in methane-related news, so let’s start with some shameless promotion of friends:
Second, our friend, and a supporter of the Global Methane Forum in March, GHGSat, launched its satellite technology designed to measure the carbon dioxide and methane emissions leaking from Alberta’s sprawling tar sands operations, and eventually fossil fuel operations anywhere. We look forward to following GHGSat’s results!
Perhaps the biggest news of the month came from our friends Canada and Mexico which held the ‘Three Amigos’ summit along with the United States in Ottawa, Canada. These three GMI Partner Countries committed to an ambitious goal of North America generating at least 50 percent of its energy from “clean” sources by 2025. As part of the new partnership, Mexico also will agree to join Canada and the United States in decreasing methane emissions.
In other news, researchers from Oxford University pointed out the flaws of measuring the effects of methane in terms of carbon dioxide equivalent, and suggested a new way to measure methane that highlights the considerable differences in how each gas contributes to warming.
Finally, a new study names several American oil & gas companies as the largest methane emissions culprits, citing their aggregate emissions to be the equivalent of running seven coal-fired power plants for a year. Relatedly, NASA released images taken from space of the massive Aliso Canyon methane leak.
See you at the end of July!
June Methane News Round-Up
- Climate Impacts From Farming Are Getting Worse (Climate Central)
- Danger Below? New Properties Hide Abandoned Oil And Gas Wells (NPR)
- Exxon, ConocoPhillips Top List of Methane Polluters (Fortune)
- In the Birthplace of U.S. Oil, Methane Gas Is Leaking Everywhere (Bloomberg)
- Oil Industry Satellite for Measuring Climate Pollution Set to Launch (Inside Climate News)
- Poo-to-Power Breakthrough Appears in China (Scientific American)
- Scientists Seek a New Measure for Methane. Here’s Why. (Climate Central)
- This gas leak was so massive that NASA saw it from space (Washington Post)
- U.S., Mexico, Canada Pledge 50 Percent Clean Power by 2025 (Bloomberg)