William J. Sawyer*, Islam Genina, Rebecca J. Brenneis, Haosheng Feng, Yunpo Li, and Shao-Xiong Lennon Luo
Edited by Jennifer A. Cascino and Bertrand J. Neyhouse
Article | Aug. 29 2022
- Limiting methane emissions is necessary for both achieving long-term climate goals and mitigating impacts in the next 20 years.
- Monitoring most methane emission sources is difficult because they are intermittent, diffuse, and at low concentration. Tools with higher resolution in space and time, along with new detection strategies, are needed.
- A significant portion of emissions from the oil and gas sector could be prevented by widespread use of proven revenue-neutral technology and policies.
- A fraction of emissions from agriculture and waste can be cost-effectively mitigated, while most are not manageable with existing methods.
- Collaboration between private and public sectors would promote mutually beneficial policies and technologies to effectively reduce global methane emissions.
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