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Fracking and Shale Drilling Caused Spike in Climate-Warming Methane Pollution

By Sharon Kelly Photo by EcoFlight, CC BY 2.0

Climate-changing pollution reached unprecedented levels in 2018. That’s both judged against the last 60 years of modern measurements and against 800,000 years of data culled from ice cores, according to the U.S. government’s State of the Climate report, which was published this week with the American Meteorological Society.
That pollution creates a greenhouse effect that is over 42 percent stronger than it was in 1990, the report added.
 

08/14/19
                                                               

New research points to fracking – not cows – as cause of global methane spike

Carlene Dowie Photo by Anita Starzycka/Pixabay

Fracking – not cows – is responsible for the big increase in atmospheric methane levels in the past decade, according to new Cornell University research published on Wednesday.The research, published in Biogeosciences, a journal of the European Geosciences Union, said atmospheric methane levels rose steadily during the last few decades of the 20th century before leveling off in first decade of the 21st century.

 

08/14/19