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EPA significantly underestimates amount of methane leaking from fracking operations

The Fracking Context for the EPA’s New Methane Rules

The Obama administration’s new rules to curb methane come in the wake of two reports that illustrate the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (fracking). These reports show that methane is leaking throughout the fracking process from extraction to the end users. The Environmental Protection Agency recently released the final version of their new federal rules to limit methane emissions at oil and gas…

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WMO: Greenhouse Gas Concentrations Reach Record High

Atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations reached a new record high in 2013, with carbon dioxide (CO2) levels rising more than in any year since 1984, according to the World Meteorological Association’s latest annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin.

Researches ignite escaping methane gas from the melting ice

Melting Arctic Ice is Releasing Massive Amounts of Methane

The melting Arctic ice is causing huge quantities of methane gas to be released into the atmosphere. Concerns about climate change-inducing greenhouse gases are often centered on carbon dioxide (CO2), but methane is a greenhouse gas that is 20-30 times more potent than CO2. Each methane molecule is actually about 70 times more potent in terms of trapping heat than a molecule of…

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