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Methane production to the atmosphere exceeds official statistics in the USA
- June 21, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
It is no secret that global warming and environmental safety are somehow related to each other, especially in the context of studying the total amount of methane released into the Earth’s atmosphere. Methane is the most common and bulky gas in this sense – scientists all over the world attribute methane to 25% of the causes of increasing global warming. Here is a new statistical study drawn up by environmentalists from the University of Cornwall, indicating that the actual amount of methane released into the atmosphere of the planet is about 100 times more than the initially stated values - however, it should be noted that it is primarily about the United States and about american industry.
So, experts from Kornuelsky University and experts from the Environmental Security Fund independently conducted their own studies and made a report on how many methane-containing substances are emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere by American industrial centers. It turned out that this figure is about 100 times higher than the official statistics, and this number continues to grow.
Despite the fact that in comparison with methane, carbon dioxide is even more common and voluminous, it is about 84% less adaptable and resistant to various environmental factors, which makes it not so dangerous in the long term, as methane. It is worth noting that, to a considerable extent, both environmentalists managed to get such an amazing figure thanks to the functionality of Google Street View, which also takes into account the ecological situation in the regions of the world. Thus, the entire aggregate amount of American industry produces about 8 gigrams of methane per year.
And this is a big enough figure even for such a large industrial center in the world as America. That is why experts continue to carefully study the most diverse options for ridding the Earth’s atmosphere of such a large amount of methane. However, it is assumed that for this purpose it is necessary to launch rather long and expensive sewage treatment projects around the world.