Navigation Links
Figuring out methane's role in the climate puzzle
Date:7/9/2014

The U.S. may be on the verge of an economy driven by methane, the primary component of natural gas, which burns cleaner than coal and is undergoing a production boom. It has poised the country as a top fuel producer globally, but recent research is casting serious doubts over just how climate-friendly it is, according to an article in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN), the weekly news magazine of the American Chemical Society.

In the article, Jeff Johnson, a senior correspondent at C&EN, explains that when burned as a fuel to produce electricity, methane emits about half as much carbon dioxide (CO2), a major greenhouse gas, as coal. But not all methane gets burned as fuel. Some of the gas is released, either through leaks or intentional venting from oil and gas wells, into the atmosphere. Although it is present in much smaller amounts in the atmosphere compared to CO2 the primary target for climate change regulations methane has 86 times more global warming potential. And estimates vary significantly over just how much is escaping into the air.

To get a better handle on the methane picture, researchers are planning more detailed studies to estimate the gas's emissions from oil and gas operations. In parallel, the Environmental Protection Agency, which has so far been reluctant to directly regulate methane emissions, plans to review the situation. If deemed necessary, the agency would propose new regulations by 2016.


'/>"/>

Contact: Michael Bernstein
m_bernstein@acs.org
202-872-6042
American Chemical Society
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1

Related biology news :

1. For corals adapting to climate change, its survival of the fattest -- and most flexible
2. Study reveals strong links between Antarctic climate, food web
3. Fine-scale climate model projections predict malaria at local levels
4. Putting a price tag on the 2° climate target
5. Study: To address climate change, nothing substitutes for reducing CO2 emissions
6. Climate change and the ecology of fear
7. Capturing CO2 emissions needed to meet climate targets
8. A win-win-win solution for biofuel, climate, and biodiversity
9. New study quantifies the effects of climate change in Europe
10. Restricting competitors could help threatened species cope with climate change
11. Botany: Leafing out and climate change
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:3/24/2017)... 24, 2017 Research and Markets has announced ... Analysis & Trends - Industry Forecast to 2025" report to ... The ... a CAGR of around 15.1% over the next decade to reach ... analyzes the market estimates and forecasts for all the given segments ...
(Date:3/22/2017)... 21, 2017   Neurotechnology , a provider ... today announced the release of the SentiVeillance ... improved facial recognition using up to 10 surveillance, ... computer. The new version uses deep neural-network-based facial ... it utilizes a Graphing Processing Unit (GPU) for ...
(Date:3/20/2017)... Germany , March 20, 2017 At this ... Hamburg -based biometrics manufacturer DERMALOG. The Chancellor came to the DERMALOG ... is this year,s CeBIT partner country. At the largest German ... biometrics in use: fingerprint, face and iris recognition as well as DERMALOG´s ... ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2017)... ... May 23, 2017 , ... Bacterial biofilms, surface adherent communities of bacteria that ... ranging from food poisoning and catheter infections to gum disease and the rejection of ... billions of dollars per year, there is currently a paucity of means for preventing ...
(Date:5/22/2017)... MA (PRWEB) , ... May 22, 2017 , ... Stratevi, ... has expanded to the East Coast. It has opened an office in downtown Boston ... therapies are finding it increasingly more important to generate evidence on the value they ...
(Date:5/21/2017)... ... May 19, 2017 , ... Ovation ... of the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB) and the College of Reproductive Biology ... conference reinforces AAB’s commitment to excellence in clinical laboratory services and regulations. ...
(Date:5/19/2017)... ... May 19, 2017 , ... The University City ... with technologies ripe for commercialization, and who are affiliated with the 21 partner ... submit proposals. QED, now in its tenth round, is the first multi-institutional proof-of-concept ...
Breaking Biology Technology: