More Methane Than We Thought
Source: Dan Hawkes
ESD ‘s Sebastien Biraud was co-author of a scientific paper cited earlier this week in a New York Times article on the increasing emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas, into Earth’s atmosphere. The paper (Miller et al., 2013), which was published this past week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), reported that emissions of methane due to human activity were roughly 1.5 times greater in the United States in the middle of the last decade than prevailing estimates.
Citation: Miller, S.M., S.C. Wofsy, A.M. Michalak, E.A. Kort, A.E. Andrews, S.C. Biraud, E.J. Dlugokencky, J. Eluszkiewicz, M.L. Fischer, G. Janssens-Maenhout, B.R. Miller, S.A. Montzka, T. Nehrkorn, and C. Sweeney (2013), Quantification of US methane emissions, including large fossil fuel sources over the South-Central region, 2013. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1314392110.