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SoCal Gas Reaches $8.5 Million Settlement Over Aliso Canyon Gas Leak

SoCalGas ramps up use of Aliso Canyon, site of worst gas leak in U.S. history

by Sammy Roth, The Los Angeles Times Highlights One of Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign promises was to wind down the usage of the Aliso Canyon gas storage field, located just outside Los Angeles. New reports show that the facility usage has increased during his governorship Publicly available information analyzed by Food and Water Watch shows […]

Methane levels reach an all-time high

By Jeremy Deaton, Nexus Media Highlights The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found that the greenhouse gas methane has reached all-time high levels in the atmosphere, threatening Paris Agreement climate goals. Methane is about 80 times more potent than CO2 and has been increasing its presence in the atmosphere for the last 20 years […]

Unexpected surge in methane emissions has scientists worried

from Climate Nexus Highlights There is a noticeable global surge in methane emissions with the U.S. accounting for the largest source of growth.  If this trend continues, all progress made towards reaching Paris Agreement climate goals will be lost.  Though tropical wetlands may play a role, scientists agree that large methane emissions are from the […]

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 […]

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

by Hiroko Tabuchi, NY Times 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 […]

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

By Hiroko Tabuchi, New York Times 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 […]

Cities are banning natural gas in new homes, citing climate change

by Irina Ivanova, CBS News A growing number of U.S. cities are taking a stand against gas stoves, long billed as a more convenient way to cook, because of their contribution to climate change. Since June, a dozen cities have banned natural gas equipment in new buildings. Berkeley, California, was the first, followed in the […]

Aerial view of fracking wells.

The methane mystery is solved, giving direction and hope

by Andy Ferguson A scientific mystery has been solved, giving direction and hope on the climate front. Methane is 102 times more powerful than CO2 as a cause of climate change, but because it remains in the atmosphere an average of only nine years, reducing methane emissions offers quick and tangible results for fighting climate […]

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Permafrost thawing in Siberia bringing with it anthrax outbreaks & huge methane explosions

by James Ayre, Clean technica The ongoing melting of permafrost in Siberia has brought with it some very strange events — including the creation of massive methane blowout craters. In addition to the — sometimes catastrophically violent — release of methane from the previously frozen tundra, the melting has also been accompanied by the return […]