New climate warnings in old permafrost

Permafrost in Herschel Island by Boris Radosavljevic

by Bob Berwyn, Inside Climate News  Highlights A new study in Science Advances says that only a few degrees of warming is needed for large scale permafrost thawing, which would release methane and carbon dioxide that has been trapped in the frost  The permafrost regions of the arctic hold more carbon dioxide than the Earth’s … Read more

Methane releases from oil and gas far more than we knew

By Hiroko Tabuchi, The New York Times Highlights: Oil and gas production sites emitting more methane than previously accounted for: Fossil-fuel emissions from human activity — namely the production and burning of fossil fuels — were underestimated by 25 to 40 percent, per new study. Methane emissions are particularly harmful in the short term, warming … Read more

Industry’s 3 largest landfill operators among California’s biggest methane emitters: report

Tractor pushing garbage in a landfill.

Highlights: A report found that the top methane point source polluters are landfills. The three landfill operators, Republic Services, Waste Connections and Waste Management, “represent 26.8% of all methane from California facilities – the warming equivalent of more than 725,000 cars on the road annually.” The large emitters have plans to offset their emissions generated … Read more