Scientists May Have Solved a Key Mystery About the World’s Methane Emissions

Article originally published by The Washington Post

New research has added yet another layer to a major scientific debate about our global emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas that is second only to carbon dioxide when it comes to driving climate change. A study, published … September 27 in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the amount of methane leaked by the fossil fuel industry has been increasing since the 1980s, and especially so during the last decade — a finding that flies in the face of previous studies on where the greenhouses gases have been coming from.