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Surging Methane Levels

Surging Methane Levels

Global concentrations of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas and cause of climate change, has surged. 60% of methane added to the atmosphere every year comes from human activities, including farming sources like cattle operations.

Alarming Rise

  • Researchers found that methane concentrations in the air began to surge around 2007 and grew precipitously in 2014 and 2015
  • In that two-year period, concentrations shot up by 10 or more parts per billion annually.
  • It is a stark contrast from the early 2000s when methane concentrations crept up by just 0.5 parts per billion on average each year.

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