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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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Scientists and Advocates Welcome UN Methane Report But Say That in Addition to Mitigating Methane Emissions, We Must Also Reduce Atmospheric Methane

Scientists and Advocates Welcome UN Methane Report But Say That in Addition to Mitigating Methane Emissions, We Must Also Reduce Atmospheric Methane

PRESS RELEASE Contact: Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com , 914-589-5988 [Calabasas, CA – May 6] The non-profit Methane Action and leading climate scientists and atmospheric chemists welcomed the landmark UN report on methane emissions released today. But in addition to the report’s focus on cutting anthropogenic methane emissions, they pointed out that we also must prioritize addressing the unprecedented rise in all sources of methane emissions and lowering atmospheric methane concentrations to avoid catastrophic warming. The new Global Methane Assessment co-authored by the Climate & Clean Air Coalition and the United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) corrects the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s ...
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A view of the Shell Oil refinery in Anacotes, WA

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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A diagram showing the feedback loop created by methane emissions: More warming causes more natural emissions which causes more warming, and so on.

Prominent scientists call on U.S. and World leaders to reduce atmospheric methane

NEWS RELEASE Contact: Stephen Kent, skent@kentcom.com, 914-589-5988 [Calabasas, CA – April 16, 2021] In a sign-on letter issued a week before the Earth Day climate summit, prominent climate scientists today called on U.S. and global leaders “to take effective measures to cut methane emissions, reduce atmospheric methane concentrations, and return methane in the atmosphere to preindustrial levels.” Methane is a potent warming agent, 84 times more powerful than CO2 over 20 years. Methane levels in the atmosphere are 2.5 times above preindustrial levels, and rising fast. The letter was released today by the NGO Methane Action, signed by over 30 ...
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