NASA-led Study Solves a Global Methane Puzzle

From NASA GODDARD: A new NASA-led study has solved a puzzle involving the recent rise in atmospheric methane, a potent greenhouse gas, with a new calculation of emissions from global fires. The new study resolves what looked like irreconcilable differences in explanations for the increase. Methane emissions have been rising sharply since 2006. Different research…

Researchers nail down the long-sought source of ocean methane

From the MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY and the “settled science” department. An abundant enzyme in marine microbes may be responsible for production of the greenhouse gas CAMBRIDGE, MA — Industrial and agricultural activities produce large amounts of methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming. Many bacteria also produce methane as a byproduct of their…

Turning wasted Methane into liquid fuel

From the MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY A new way to harness wasted methane Approach developed at MIT could help curb needless ‘flaring’ of potent greenhouse gas. CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Methane gas, a vast natural resource, is often disposed of through burning, but new research by scientists at MIT could make it easier to capture this gas…

NOAA’s Climate.gov Says Natural Wetlands, Tropical Agriculture Responsible For Methane Increases, Not Oil and Gas

From Western Wire by Michael Sandoval July 18, 2017 “Agricultural and wetland emissions” from the planet’s tropical areas, not oil and gas activities in the United States, are more than likely responsible for a post-2007 global increase in methane levels, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate.gov. But regulating or mitigating those methane…

‘Detergent’ molecules may be driving fluctuations in atmospheric methane concentrations

New study suggests hydroxyl radicals may be behind unexplained recent increase in methane levels from the CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY During the early 2000s, environmental scientists studying methane emissions noticed something unexpected: the global concentrations of atmospheric methane (CH4)–which had increased for decades, driven by methane emissions from fossil fuels and agriculture–inexplicably leveled off. The…