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Global Methane Agreement Needed to Keep 1.5 C In Reach

Global Methane Agreement Needed to Keep 1.5 C In Reach

Source: Methane Action www.methaneaction.org NEWS RELEASE Contacts: In Sharm el-Shiekh: Daphne Wysham, daphne@methaneaction.org, +1 503 310 7042 In Paris: Durwood Zaelke, zaelke@igsd.org, +1-202-498-2457 In New York: Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com +1 914 589 5988 [Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – November 17, 2022] At the COP27 climate summit, NGOs and scientists are calling on delegates to specify concrete steps for cutting methane emissions, and for stepped up development of methane removal technologies. Today, as the Global Methane Pledge ministerial meeting reviewed the first year of voluntary progress towards cutting methane emissions 30% by 2030, climate groups called for a mandatory Global Methane Agreement ...
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In The Hill: COP27: A global methane agreement can prevent climate catastrophe

As important as decarbonization will be post-2050, it is essential to couple it with a strategy to immediately cut methane and the other short-lived super climate pollutants, as this can avoid four times more warming at mid-century than decarbonization alone can.... 40 to 50 percent of methane emissions are from natural sources, including tropical wetlands, peatlands and Arctic permafrost, all of which appear to be increasing as part of self-reinforcing climate feedbacks. There are promising strategies for tackling these emissions by removing methane from the atmosphere faster than the natural cycle, justifying a robust research and development effort. Read the ...
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At the COP27 Climate Summit Expert Sources Offer Intel and Interviews on Addressing the Methane Emergency

Source: Methane Action www.methaneaction.org NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Contact: Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com +1 914 589 5988 At the COP27 Climate Summit Expert Sources Offer Intel And Interviews on Addressing the Methane Emergency [Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt – November 9, 2022] Leading experts on methane issues who are attending the COP27 climate summit can offer intelligence, insights, and on-the-ground interviews on how the meeting is addressing the methane emergency. Among those available from COP27 are Daphne Wysham, CEO of Methane Action, Durwood Zaelke, President, and Zerin Osho, India Climate Law and Policy Specialist, IGSDInstitute for Governance & Sustainable Development, Stephan Singer, ...
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Methane Removal: On the Critical Path to Avoiding 0.6 degrees of Warming by 2050

Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt – November 6, 2022.  Methane removal, an emerging greenhouse gas removal (GGR) approach that destroys methane, will be discussed at COP27 side events, including a COP27 press conference on November 6, 2022, Press Conference Room – Luxor, Area B, Press Conference 2, 16:30-17:00.  Scientists, policymakers, and climate groups are urging governments to put methane removal on the climate policy agenda. Current progress and potential impacts of methane removal will be the subject of a press conference at COP27 with leading experts and advocates entitled “Methane Removal:  On the Critical Path to Avoiding 0.6 degrees of Warming by 2050.” Speakers include Daphne Wysham, ...
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Climate Leaders Sophie Gallois and Solomon Goldstein-Rose Join Methane Action’s Board of Advisors

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com 914-589-598 [Calabasas, California – November 1] The NGO Methane Action, which works to address the methane emergency and avoid 0.6 degrees of global warming by reversing the buildup of record-high atmospheric methane, is delighted to announce that two new, distinguished climate leaders have joined its board of advisors: Sophie Gallois and Solomon Goldstein-Rose. Methane Action’s mission is to pursue the science and policy advances needed, under careful global governance, to rapidly restore atmospheric concentrations of methane to pre-industrial levels for the benefit of present and future generations. Leading scientists, policymakers, and civil society organizations ...
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In The Wall Street Journal: Methane Spaghetti

Reducing methane emissions now could help avoid a surge in methane emissions in the future….Daphne Wysham, chief executive of Methane Action, an nonprofit group, said the Global Methane Pledge is welcome but insufficient, noting that a U.N. report published before the pledge was signed called for a 45% emissions reduction by 2030….“There's a recognition that short-lived, highly potent greenhouse gasses are the place where we have the greatest potential to reduce warming on the shortest timeline,” Ms. Wysham said. Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal ...
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In Forbes: Climate Investment Opportunities With Impact, Tailor Made For Impact Investors

Controlling methane is important for future temperature increases. Methane removal technologies, if scaled globally, have the potential to prevent a global temperature rise of at least 0.3 degrees Celsius….Interest in GGR [greenhouse gas removal] is only going to grow. Impact investors, take note! Read the full article in Forbes ...
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In The Hill: Climate Week congregants should address methane

In addition to climate reparations, the developed world also needs to put resources into climate restoration, so loss and damage don’t keep compounding beyond all possible compensation. Methane should be a primary focus of that effort. Given its outsized warming effect and its skyrocketing accumulation in the atmosphere, it’s the most powerful lever we have for lowering global temperatures and preventing some of the worst climate impacts. Read the full article in The Hill ...
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VIDEO: Methane Removal:  On the Critical Path to Reducing Peak Global Temperatures

VIDEO: Methane Removal:  On the Critical Path to Reducing Peak Global Temperatures

In this webinar, Methane Action's CEO was joined by Congresswoman Chellie Pingree (D-Maine), former founding chair of the Center for Climate Repair at Cambridge University and former chief scientific adviser to the UK government David King, and a roster of leading experts in a 90-minute discussion that took place on Thursday, September 15, 2022, on the science and governance of methane removal, a potential game-changer for the climate. Other speakers included: Rob Jackson – Stanford University professor and Global Carbon Project chair Renaud de Richter -- Science Advisor, Methane Action Durwood Zaelke – President, Institute for Governance & Sustainable DevelopmentWil ...
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In Financial Times: Methane hunters: what explains the surge in the potent greenhouse gas?

If the warming Earth is already starting to release more methane, then this vicious cycle — in which warming triggers more warming — could become self-perpetuating. Although that moment could still be decades in the future, once that tipping point is reached, it will be very hard to reverse. Anticipating this, some groups are starting to study methane removal — whether there might be ways to pull methane directly from the air. While mostly hypothetical at this point, the ideas include increasing the amount of chemical sinks in the atmosphere, for example by adding tiny iron-oxide particles to the air ...
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In Bangor Daily News: Maine’s congressional delegation can lead on climate change and election integrity

The president is expected to sign into law the Inflation Reduction Act that includes massive support for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but the planet is warming so fast that we must find ways not just to add less pollution but to remove vast amounts of the most powerful greenhouse gases, like methane, to be able to restore a healthy climate. [Maine's] congressional delegation could make sure this happens. Read the full in article in Bangor Daily News ...
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Catalogue of Research Funding Needs to Advance Methane Removal

In complement to anthropogenic methane emissions reductions, atmospheric methane removal has been proposed in order to: address methane sources difficult to prevent or avoid, deal with legacy emissions, remove increasing emissions from wetlands and water bodies induced by anthropogenic global warming, and prepare in case of a methane burst (rapidly thawing permafrost and catastrophic releases from submarine methane hydrates). Read more in the embedded document below ...
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Testimony on Methane Removal to Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Testimony on Methane Removal to Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Last year, the world-renowned former science advisor to the U.K., Sir David King of Cambridge University, declared we have five years left to solve the climate crisis and announced a new Climate Crisis Advisory Group to help reduce emissions, remove greenhouse gases already emitted and restore the climate to truly healthy temperatures and functioning. Read more in the embedded document below. June 30, 2022 a.m. Methane Action-RTE Testimony for the State-Foreign Ops SubcommitteeDownload ...
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VIDEO: Mitigating climate disruption in time: A self-consistent approach for avoiding both near-term and long-term global warming

Dr Gabrielle Dreyfus and Durwood Zaelke of Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD) present the concepts and findings discussed in the paper “Mitigating climate disruption in time: A self-consistent approach for avoiding both near-term and long-term global warming”. The case is made that preventing the worst of climate disruption has two aspects: 1) decarbonization, the process of eliminating fossil fuels and other sources of CO2; and 2) reduction in short-lived climate pollutant (SLCPs) such as methane, NOx, black carbon and hydrofluorocarbons. Watch and find out why both are important ...
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VIDEO: How Best to Reduce Methane: A New York State Example

Bob Howarth, Phd of Cornell University discusses the importance of methane emissions reduction in relation to New York State's goal of converting to 100% renewable energy sources by 2050. Professor Howarth emphasizes why "natural gas" is not a "bridge fuel to the future" and why it is important to phase out methane as opposed to fixing leaks in production and distribution systems. Also discussed are the drawbacks to "grey" and "blue" hydrogen (hydrogen derived from natural gas) ...
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VIDEO: A Solar Energy Solution for Methane Removal

Dr Wei Li, Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, University of Edinburgh presents potential and feasibility of using solar chimney power plants in the removal of atmospheric methane and other greenhouse gases ...
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An Earth Day Technology Worth Investing In

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 in methane levels in the atmosphere for the second year in a row. It’s the largest increase since record-keeping began. Methane is a greenhouse gas that’s over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide. It’s a major contributor to global warming. Man-made sources of ...
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In Wired: It Might Be Time to Take Methane Removal Seriously

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 of reducing methane levels spikes when you factor in the benefits of preventing warming now.... Methane is a single carbon atom surrounded on four sides by hydrogen, and these bonds are broken apart by a process called oxidation—it involves oxygen atoms plus some goading by energy ...
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Methane Action Asks EPA to Include Methane Removal in Proposed Methane Rule

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, a nonprofit group which advocates dramatically reducing current record-high atmospheric concentrations of methane, has filed comments with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on its proposed new methane rule. The comments urge EPA to expedite development of technologies to remove methane, both near emissions sources ...
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In ScienceDirect: Perspectives on removal of atmospheric methane

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 carbon dioxide removal methods in terms of expected costs. The cheapest method is potentially enhancement of the chlorine natural sink, costing as little as $1.6 per ton CO2-eq. Read the full article in ScienceDirect ...
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