We know how to slow the rate of global warming by 30%, right now … Will we get it done?

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Moving quickly to cut emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas produced by everything from livestock farming to fossil fuel extraction, could slow the rate of the Earth’s warming as much as 30 percent, new research has found.

The study, published in the journal Environmental Research Letters, calculated that a full-scale push using existing technologies could cut methane emissions in half by 2030. Such reductions could have a crucial impact in the global effort to limit warming below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) compared to preindustrial levels — a central aim of the Paris climate accord.

In human terms, that could translate into fending off the most severe sea level rise, preventing more profound damage to animal habitats and ecosystems, and delaying other extreme climate impacts.

To date, we’ve accumulated some explanations to the voting public around the world. And lots of pledges. Starting with an effort in Congress, next week, to remove one of the roadblocks that was left in place by the creep who is confident he’s still in charge of the Republican Party.

Anyone looking forward to success with Congressional Republicans? I imagine few of them plan on being around in 2050. And most of them are traditionally beholden to short-term corporate boffins who couldn’t care less about political action that might harm their share price in the market.

7 thoughts on “We know how to slow the rate of global warming by 30%, right now … Will we get it done?

    • p/s says:

      “Dozens of New Mexicans issued warnings about the current and future impacts of climate change this week as they urged the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to adopt a new rule that would lead to significant methane emission reductions from the oil and gas sector.
      The comments happened as part of three days of public comment sessions as the EPA works on a new rule to address methane emissions from oil and gas. While the EPA hosted meetings to collect public comments, people can also submit comments online through June 30 at https://www.regulations.gov/
      Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to climate change and emissions from oil and gas extraction have been linked to various health conditions ranging from asthma to cancer.
      Many of the commenters asked for a reduction in methane emissions by at least 65 percent from 2012 levels by 2025.” https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2021/06/18/new-mexicans-weigh-in-on-methane-as-epa-considers-new-rules/?mc_cid=da267b9ec5&mc_eid=4b85ca587f

  1. Cassandra says:

    “Methane release rapidly increases in the wake of the melting ice sheets” (CAGE, Centre for Arctic Gas Hydrate, Environment and Climate) https://cage.uit.no/2021/04/28/methane-release-rapidly-increases-in-the-wake-of-the-melting-ice-sheets/
    “Circum-Arctic glacial ice is melting in an unprecedented mode, and release of currently trapped geological methane may act as a positive feedback on ice-sheet retreat during global warming.” https://pubs.geoscienceworld.org/gsa/geology/article-abstract/doi/10.1130/G48580.1/595627/Ice-sheet-melt-drove-methane-emissions-in-the?redirectedFrom=fulltext

  2. Update says:

    Hilcorp Energy, a prominent oil and gas company that operates in New Mexico’s San Juan Basin, has the highest reported methane emissions in the country, according to a report released this month by the Clean Air Task Force. https://nmpoliticalreport.com/2021/06/15/study-pneumatic-controllers-wellbore-liquids-unloading-make-hilcorp-the-top-methane-emitter/
    The report, which was authored by the advisory group M.J. Bradley and Associates, states that Hilcorp’s methane emissions intensity is about six times the national average and, in the San Juan Basin, more than half of the emissions come from Hilcorp facilities.
    Clean Air Task Force “Benchmarking Methane and Other GHG Emissions of Oil & Natural Gas Production in the United States” https://www.catf.us/resource/benchmarking-methane-emissions/
    “Here Are America’s Top Methane Emitters. Some Will Surprise You : Oil and gas giants are selling off their most-polluting operations to small private companies. Most manage to escape public scrutiny.” (NYT June 2, 2021) https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/02/climate/biggest-methane-emitters.html
    “According to a new analysis of the latest emissions data disclosed to the Environmental Protection Agency , five of the industry’s top ten emitters of methane, a particularly potent planet-warming gas, are little-known oil and gas producers, some backed by obscure investment firms, whose environmental footprints are wildly large relative to their production.
    The largest emitter, Hilcorp Energy, reported almost 50 percent more methane emissions from its operations than the nation’s largest fossil fuel producer, Exxon Mobil, despite pumping far less oil and gas.

  3. Hope says:

    “The search for the world’s largest methane sources” (BBC) https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210805-the-search-for-the-worlds-largest-methane-sources
    “Human-caused methane is responsible for at least 25% of today’s global warming, the Environmental Defense Fund estimates. Staunching those emissions, a new Global Methane Assessment by the United Nations Environmental Programme stresses, is the best hope for quickly putting the brakes on warming.” https://www.unep.org/resources/report/global-methane-assessment-benefits-and-costs-mitigating-methane-emissions

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