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A methane leak, seen from space, proves to be far larger than thought

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The first satellite designed to continuously monitor the planet for methane leaks made a startling discovery last year: A little known gas-well accident at an Ohio fracking site was in fact one of the largest methane leaks ever recorded in the United States.

The findings by a Dutch-American team of scientists, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, mark a step forward in using space technology to detect leaks of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming, from oil and gas sites worldwide.

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/16/climate/methane-leak-satellite.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share

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