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.

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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:
 https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2019/08/fracking-boom-tied-to-methane-spike-in-earths-atmosphere/ 

Feb 2019:

Causes of the rise are not fully understood. They may include increased emissions & perhaps decline in destruction of methane in the air.
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 https://agupubs.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1029/2018GB006009 

Video explanation of this paper:
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Permafrost:
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 https://www.carbonbrief.org/permafrost-wetland-emissions-could-cut-1-5c-carbon-budget-five-years 

This August 2019 study points to fracking:  https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/08/190814090610.htm 

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. https://m.phys.org/news/2019-03-methane-atmosphere-surging-scientists.html 

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:
 https://www.wired.com/story/atmospheric-methane-levels-are-going-up-and-no-one-knows-why/ 


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