Ben See @ClimateBen Ben See. Literature Teacher informing pupils of the scientific reality of the Ecological Catastrophe & urging action. See also @urgenceclimatiq & @ClimateHound Sep. 08, 2019 1 min read

Atmospheric methane levels are rising at an accelerating rate with potentially catastrophic consequences for all life on Earth.


Scientists have measured big increases in the amount of methane, the powerful global warming gas, entering atmosphere since 2007.

Fracking, wetlands, cows = possible sources.

Aug 2019:

Fossil fuel production from shale gas operations in U.S. & Canada: 

Feb 2019:

Causes of the rise are not fully understood. They may include increased emissions & perhaps decline in destruction of methane in the air.

Video explanation of this paper:


This August 2019 study points to fracking: 

See also this article from March 2019:

Regardless of what's behind the recent increase there are ways to reduce methane concentrations.

Humans account for as much as 60% of methane emissions, and nearly half of that may come from the fossil fuel industry. 

Key anthropogenic CH4 emission sources:

Livestock (byproduct of digestion).

Oil and gas wells, pumping stations, pipelines, and refineries.

Rotting food waste in landfills.

Anaerobic lagoons of pig manure.

Exposed coal seams.

From May 2019: 

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