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

"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 half a degree Celsius—a huge amount that might make it possible to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees by the middle of the century, if CO2 emissions also drop." Read the full article in FastCompany ...
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In Andrew Revkin’s Sustain What: After COP26 Cheers and Jeers, Some Hopeful Climate and Energy Undercurrents

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 nonprofit called Methane Action, for more. Read the full article in Andrew Revkin's bulletin, Sustain What ...
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In Mongabay: COP26: As carbon emissions rise unabated, scientists eye a methane removal fix

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 she has a meeting this week with the U.S. State Department’s climate team. Wysham explained why she is garnering so much attention: “There is no way we can meet the Paris target without addressing the methane problem coming from fossil fuel production, landfills and agriculture. Even ...
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Draft — Decision 1/CP.26 of the Conference of the Parties adopting and implementing the Glasgow Declaration on the Removal of Atmospheric Methane (Glasgow DRAM)

Recalling Decision 12/CP.25 Report of the Green Climate Fund to the Conference of the Parties and guidance to the Green Climate Fund, paragraph 20, in which the Conference of the Parties "Also encourages the Green Climate Fund to continue to collaborate with the Climate Technology Centre and Network and the Technology Executive Committee with a view to both strengthening cooperative action on technology development and transfer at different stages of the technology cycle and achieving a balance between support for mitigation and support for adaptation;" and Noting the October 2021 resolutions of the United Nations Human Rights Council 48/13, in ...
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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.

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 methane emissions, particularly in food production, will be difficult to eliminate. Natural sources of methane could even increase in the coming decades as wetlands warm and Arctic permafrost thaws. So in addition to cutting methane emissions, we need ways to remove methane from ...
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In the journal Science: To slow global warming, some researchers want to pull methane out of the air

Methane, long eclipsed by carbon dioxide (CO2) as a villain in climate change, is having its moment in the spotlight. The United Nations climate summit opened here this week with faltering global commitments to reducing CO2, but more than 100 nations have agreed to cut their methane emissions by one-third by 2030. Officials hope cracking down on the potent greenhouse gas will help limit global warming to a 1.5°C rise, the goal established by the 2015 Paris agreement. Now, some researchers say they want to not only put less methane into the atmosphere, but also actively pull it out. Read ...
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At COP26, Scientists, Policy Experts Call on World Leaders to Support Atmospheric Methane Removal & Emissions Cuts

News Release For immediate release Contacts: In New York: Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, +1 914 589 5988 In Glasgow at COP26: Daphne Wysham, daphne@methaneaction.org, +44(0)7717102395 At COP26, Scientists, Policy Experts Call on World Leaders to Support Atmospheric Methane Removal Plus Methane Emissions Cuts to Avoid 1.5 Degrees C Rise in Temperatures [Glasgow – November 2] Methane Action, a nonprofit group of scientists, lawyers and policy experts, today delivered to the U.S. delegation and other delegates and observers at COP26 a statement signed by leading scientists and policy experts supporting a Declaration on Reducing Atmospheric Methane (DRAM), a framework for action combining ...
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Methane Action at COP26 in Glasgow

View Methane Action's COP26 side event online panel discussion at COP26 ...
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In Chemical & Engineering News: Methane cuts could slow extreme climate change

Methane has been somewhat neglected in discussions about climate change, but it’s been getting more attention lately, including in the most recent scientific report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). “As hard as reducing CO2 is, we’re not going to meet our temperature targets by tackling CO2 alone,” says Rob Jackson, an earth system scientist at Stanford University and chair of the Global Carbon Project. “We have to tackle methane.” Read the full article in Chemical & Engineering News. Photo credit: Lauren Bosche ...
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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 levels. The best strategy is a two-track approach: aggressively reducing emissions wherever we can, and where we can’t, developing ways to remove methane from the atmosphere. [Read the rest of the article inThe Hill: Focus on methane is timely and appropriate.] ...
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In The Royal Society Publishing: 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 and improving air quality by reducing surface ozone concentration. While some removal technologies are being developed, modelling of their impacts is limited. Here, we conduct the first simulations using a methane emissions-driven Earth System Model to quantify the climate and air quality co-benefits of methane ...
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In The Royal Society Publishing: 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 removal or oxidation may be required. Carbon dioxide removal has an increasingly well-established research agenda and technological foundation. No similar framework exists for methane removal. We believe that a research agenda for negative methane emissions—‘removal' or atmospheric methane oxidation—is needed. We outline some ...
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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 emissions, a new Declaration on Reducing Atmospheric Methane was released today by the NGO Methane Action. It lays out a policy framework governments and international bodies can adopt for coupling deep cuts in methane emissions with removing or neutralizing methane in the atmosphere, in ...
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In The New Yorker: Are We Finally Ready to Tackle the Other Greenhouse Gas?

Methane Action's work is featured in The New Yorker's Climate Crisis Newsletter by Bill McKibben. Here's an excerpt : "Given both the threat and the opportunity, some scientists have begun wondering whether there might be ways to scrub some methane from the atmosphere. As with carbon dioxide, you can remove CH4 with “direct air capture,” which uses machines that filter the atmosphere to remove the molecules. But, as with CO2, this is, for the moment anyway, too expensive to do at scale. So a group of scientists at the California nonprofit Methane Action is looking at ways to catalyze reactions ...
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New IPCC report includes methane removal as part of the path to containing climate change

New IPCC report includes methane removal as part of the path to containing climate change

Scientists pioneering methane removal available for comment For immediate release Contact: Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, 914-589-5988 [Port Townsend, Washington – August 9, 2021] Scientists whose work on methane is cited in the new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report on climate change welcome the report’s recognition of methane as a key driver of climate change, and its acknowledgement that emerging methods of removing methane from the atmosphere may be necessary to limit global warming. They and other experts are available for comment. “Methane has emerged as the critical greenhouse gas to be tackled this decade, and today’s IPCC report affirms ...
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In The 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 as “legacy emissions,” lock in a certain amount of future warming and that we must zero out new emissions soon. Reaching net zero can’t reverse global warming; it can only avoid making it worse. But that doesn’t mean we must accept a future ...
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Billowing fire and smoke rises from Lake Kivu, caused by methane erupting from the bottom of the lake.

Expert Scientists Available for Comment on Lake Kivu Crisis

The threat of large methane and carbon dioxide releases from the lake is due to a rare seismic phenomenon, but it’s also part of a broader, growing threat of acute releases in the Arctic and elsewhere for which we need to be better prepared. What? A volcanic eruption on the tectonic divide of the East African Rift near Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, is threatening to release the 60 billion cubic meters of methane and 300 billion cubic meters of carbon dioxide at the bottom of Lake Kivu. Expert scientists working on methane and CO2 abatement to fight climate change ...
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In ScienceDirect: A nature-based negative emissions technology able to remove atmospheric methane and other greenhouse gases

Abstract Fulfilling the Paris Climate Agreement requires reducing rapidly the new emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to reach net zero by 2050. As some anthropogenic emissions cannot be zero, to compensate them it will be necessary to remove GHGs from the atmosphere. Among possible methods, the Iron Salt Aerosol (ISA) offers new possibilities, including removal of methane and several other GHGs, as well as carbon dioxide. Several studies suggest that anthropogenic emissions of iron participate in the current primary productivity. As plans to decarbonize the world economy might also have inadvertent warming effects due to the reduction of iron emissions ...
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In The Hill: Congress must act to solve the methane problem

BY ROB JACKSON AND DAPHNE WYSHAM When world leaders convened at the climate summit, carbon dioxide (CO2) wasn’t the only climate pollutant on the agenda. They also grappled with methane. Methane accounts for 16 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions, yet it’s one of the most powerful levers for fighting climate change. We’re unlikely to be able to keep global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius without cutting methane emissions and — as we proposed in a recent sign-on letter — also finding ways to neutralize methane already in the atmosphere. Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) recently wrote to President Biden ...
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