In The Hill: Focus on methane is timely and appropriate

Policymakers have gotten the memo about methane’s outsized role in climate change, and thankfully, they’re swinging into action to reduce methane pollution, including a new U.S.-EU pledge to cut methane emissions 30 percent. But since the promised cuts can’t cover all methane sources, there is uncertainty about how far and how fast they will lower atmospheric methane […]

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Methane removal and the proportional reductions in surface temperature and ozone

Abstract Mitigating climate change requires a diverse portfolio of technologies and approaches, including negative emissions or removal of greenhouse gases. Previous literature focuses primarily on carbon dioxide removal, but methane removal may be an important complement to future efforts. Methane removal has at least two key benefits: reducing temperature more rapidly than carbon dioxide removal […]

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Atmospheric methane removal: a research agenda

Abstract Atmospheric methane removal (e.g. in situ methane oxidation to carbon dioxide) may be needed to offset continued methane release and limit the global warming contribution of this potent greenhouse gas. Because mitigating most anthropogenic emissions of methane is uncertain this century, and sudden methane releases from the Arctic or elsewhere cannot be excluded, technologies for methane […]

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New Declaration Offers a Policy Framework for Pursuing Atmospheric Methane Removal and Aggressive Emissions Cuts

Contact:  Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, 914-589-5988 As Governments take steps to reduce methane, a new Declaration offers a policy Framework for pursuing atmospheric methane removal together with aggressive emissions cuts, and leading climate scientists and advocates call on governments to adopt it [Port Townsend, Washington – September 17, 2021]  Amid new efforts by governments to reduce methane […]

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Washington Post LTE: Negative Emissions

[The following is a letter to the editor written by Methane Action board member Peter Jenkins that appeared here in the Washington Post on July 7, 2021.] The July 1 editorial “Melting in the Pacific Northwest” was right to glimpse a dystopian future in the current heat wave. It’s true that greenhouse gases already emitted, also known […]

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Global Methane Agreement

This document is a draft of the type of international agreement that scientists led by Sir David King and Michael Mann called for in their letter urging governments to expedite the development and deployment of atmospheric methane removal methods. […]

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Provisions for Reducing and Removing Greenhouse Gases and Black Soot For Inclusion in the Interior – EPA Appropriations Bill for FY22

In order to reduce greenhouse gases and other climate forcing agents to historically healthy levels as soon as possible the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in consultation with the Secretaries of Energy, Agriculture, the Interior, State and Treasury, the Administrator of USAID, the Chief Executive Officers of the Millennium Challenge Corporation and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation and the Export Import Bank, shall, as directed below. […]

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Draft of an Executive Order on Restoring a Safe and Healthy Climate

In order to restore and maintain healthier climate of levels of less than three hundred fifty (350) parts per million of carbon dioxide and the lowest practicable levels of all other climate forcing agents so as to reach healthy levels of CO2, methane and other climate forcing agents in the atmosphere as rapidly as possible, and in any case before 2050, the Federal Government must bring to bear all of its abilities and authority. […]

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Request to President Biden to Issue Executive Order Expediting Active GHG Removal

We are writing to ask you to consider an executive order that builds on your Order of January 27, 2021. Informed by the advice of our legal and scientific colleagues, including some who have served in the federal government, this proposed new order would draw on presidential powers to expedite a research agenda for developing and deploying ways to remove excess greenhouse gases (GHGs) from the atmosphere, including legacy carbon dioxide (CO2) and short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), particularly methane.1 […]

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