Reducing Methane Emissions

Although our focus so far has been on reducing emissions of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere, global warming can also be combated by decreasing the amount of methane that is released. The major opportunities for methane reduction are

• better maintenance of natural gas pipelines so as to reduce their leakage, a practice already under way in Russia;

• capture and combustion of the methane released by landfills, underground coal mines, and oil production; and

• changes in the techniques of rice production, by draining the field a few days before the plants flower, the point at which maximum emissions begin.

Continue reading here: Energy and Carbon Dioxide Emissions in the Future Growth in Energy

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