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Exposing the Big Game

Livestock are a leading source of the rise in methane levels.
 Livestock are a leading source of the rise in methane levels. Photograph: Alamy

Dramatic rises in atmospheric methane are threatening to derail plans to hold global temperature rises to 2C, scientists have warned.

In a paper published this month by the American Geophysical Union, researchers say sharp rises in levels of methane – which is a powerful greenhouse gas – have strengthened over the past four years. Urgent action is now required to halt further increases in methane in the atmosphere, to avoid triggering enhanced global warming and temperature rises well beyond 2C.

“What we are now witnessing is extremely worrying,” said one of the paper’s lead authors, Professor Euan Nisbet of Royal Holloway, University of London. “It is particularly alarming because we are still not sure why atmospheric methane levels are rising across the…

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  1. ““It is particularly alarming because we are still not sure why atmospheric methane levels are rising…”
    Erm, US fracking for one, or, how about just looking at CAMS any day of the week and see the methane plumes pouring out of the Arctic seas and the Siberian and Alaskan tundra? Even in winter when the sea ice is supposed to be reforming, methane is coming through the ice in the East Siberian Sea and Kara Sea just off the NE tip of Novaye Zemlya.
    FFS, why is so hard for scientists to see what other scientists and their very own instruments are saying?

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