An Earth Day Technology Worth Investing In

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Global emissions of methane are skyrocketing. But if we act now, we can start getting it out of the atmosphere. [Originally published on Otherwords.org] This year’s Earth Day comes on the heels of some alarming climate news. But if we act now, we can make a huge difference. This April, scientists observed a record annual increase […]

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In Wired: It Might Be Time to Take Methane Removal Seriously

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Jackson and other scientists suggest it’s time to think about removing methane from the atmosphere, in addition to cutting back on new emissions…. [They] have argued that the heating effects of methane are chronically undervalued, because current climate policies emphasize long-term temperature goals that extend far beyond the lifetime of a methane molecule. The value […]

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Methane Action Asks EPA to Include Methane Removal in Proposed Methane Rule

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News Release For immediate release Contacts:   Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, +1 914 589 5988 Daphne Wysham, daphne@methaneaction.org, +1 503-310-7042 John Fitzgerald, greenknights.law@gmail.com, +1 202-288-0231 As U.S. and Other Governments Take Steps to Cut  Methane Emissions, Methane Action Asks EPA to Include Methane Removal in Proposed Methane Rule [Calabasas, CA – February 2, 2022] – Methane Action, […]

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In ScienceDirect: Perspectives on removal of atmospheric methane

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This article reviews proposed methods for atmospheric methane removal at a climatically significant scale. These methods include enhancement of natural hydroxyl and chlorine sinks, photocatalysis in solar updraft towers, zeolite catalyst in direct air capture devices, and methanotrophic bacteria. Though these are still at an early stage of development, a comparison is provided with some […]

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Video: The Methane Removal Imperative

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In these two videos, recorded at the Methane Pavilion during COP 26, Methane Action science advisors and policy experts discuss in detail why methane removal is needed to keep warming below 1.5 degrees C, and how research and governance are evolving to enable it.  The Methane Removal Imperative, November 5, 2021 Restoring Atmospheric Methane to […]

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In FastCompany: Everyone’s focused on carbon removal, but don’t forget about methane

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“If new methods for methane removal can be proven and scaled up, “it would be extremely powerful,” says Lena Höglund-Isaksson, a senior research scholar at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis. If the concentration of methane in the atmosphere could be cut in half, restoring pre-industrial levels, it could help cool the planet by around […]

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In Andrew Revkin’s Sustain What: After COP26 Cheers and Jeers, Some Hopeful Climate and Energy Undercurrents

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At Glasgow, attention was centered not just on technologies spotting methane, but also new ways to remove this gas from the atmosphere by accelerating natural processes that break down this potent planet heater. Read this Washington Post op-ed article by Rob Jackson, a longtime methane researcher at Stanford University, and Daphe Wysham, who heads a […]

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In Mongabay: COP26: As carbon emissions rise unabated, scientists eye a methane removal fix

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Wysham and her group are getting noticed at COP26, where she hosted a well-attended virtual side event. She also co-authored a Washington Post op-ed last week with Stanford earth scientist and colleague Rob Jackson, a leader in the field. The journal Science wrote approvingly, with caveats, of Methane Action’s and other researchers’ ideas. Funders are reaching out, too. And […]

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In The Washington Post: Biden wants to cut methane emissions. But we need to get it out of the air, too.

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This week at the COP, the Biden administration announced a broad methane initiative, which includes new draft Environmental Protection Agency regulations tightening up methane leaks in the oil and gas industry and additional actions by agencies across the federal government. These developments should make a real difference. But even with a greater focus on emissions reductions, some […]

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