The Complicated World of Methane

July 21, 2014 by David Hone

As governments struggle to find practical routes forward with positive outcomes for CO2 mitigation, attention is turning to dealing with other greenhouse gases, particularly methane. A number of methane emission initiatives are now underway or being planned.[read more]

Measuring Methane Leaks from Natural Gas Drilling

September 18, 2013 by NRDC Switchboard

There has been a lot of cross-talk over the last couple of years about how much methane leaks from the natural gas production and distribution system. Most of what has been said and written was based on analyzing and reanalyzing a very limited data set.[read more]

Study: Methane Leakage From Gas Fields Guts Climate Benefit

August 9, 2013 by Joseph Romm

Gas Field Leakage

A major new study in Geophysical Research Letters by 19 researchers — primarily from NOAA and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) — suggests natural gas may be more of gangplank than a bridge.[read more]

NOAA's One Day of Data Fails to Quiet Critics

August 7, 2013 by Steve Everley

Last year, researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a controversial – and flawed – paper alleging very high methane leakage rates from a natural gas field in Colorado. The story unfolded as you might imagine.[read more]

Methane Leakage Not a Deal Breaker for Natural Gas

July 31, 2013 by Max Luke

Methane and Natural Gas

Although fugitive methane emissions reduce the short-term emissions benefit of coal-to-natural-gas switching ­– and definitely should be addressed for that very reason – they do not limit natural gas’s potential as a bridge fuel to a low carbon future.[read more]

College, Industry, and a Dairy Farm Join to Generate Energy

July 21, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

MOOving Energy Generation Forward

Kicked off earlier this month, a new $7 million waste-to-energy facility in Wisconsin is making a concentrated effort to combat one of the more notorious greenhouse gas emissions: methane.[read more]

Controlling Climate Change: IEA Says It's Not All About Carbon Dioxide

July 13, 2013 by Jessica Kennedy

The International Energy Agency (IEA) has released a World Energy Outlook Special Report warning the world that current climate change policies are on track to far exceed the goal of limiting temperature rise to 2°C.[read more]

Renewable Energy and the Smart Grid: The Natural Gas Conundrum

May 14, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Natural gas is a fuel for electricity generation that serves as a bridge to a Smart Grid that fully integrates renewables and energy storage into the energy portfolio.[read more]

Fracking and Water Pollution: Remembering First Study to Establish "Definitive" Link

May 13, 2013 by Tyler Hamilton

fracking and water

David Biello over at Scientific American had a story in 2011 that looked at research establishing a link between methane contamination in well water and nearby hydraulic fracturing of shale rock.[read more]

Energy From Trash: How To Curb Carbon Pollution With Junk

April 19, 2013 by Joseph Romm

landfill energy harvesting

Another alternative waste management option that America has not significantly utilized but that could help stem the flow of waste, and thus pollution emissions, in our country: energy-from-waste, or EfW, facilities.[read more]


Should the Shale Gas Revolution be Feared or Cheered?

March 30, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

While this reduced air pollution is an unmitigated good, the long-term climate benefits of this historic coal-to-gas shift hinge on the ability to control the amount of methane leaking from gas wells and pipelines.[read more]


Japan Taps Methane Hydrates: Pondering the Explosive Implications

March 15, 2013 by Jesse Jenkins

Japan produced natural gas from offshore methane hydrates Tuesday, a breakthrough with potentially explosive consequences for both global energy markets and the effort to tackle climate change.[read more]

Japan Extracts Natural Gas from Frozen Methane Hydrate

March 14, 2013 by Lee Woodrow

methane hydrate

Japan says it has successfully extracted natural gas from frozen methane hydrate off its central coast, in a world first. Methane hydrates, or clathrates, are a type of frozen “cage” of molecules of methane and water.[read more]

On Climate Change: U.S. Should Act to Reduce Short-Lived Pollutants

March 13, 2013 by Steve Seidel

greenhouse gas emissions

Reducing emissions of carbon dioxide is critical to long-term efforts. But curbing greenhouse gases with shorter atmospheric lifetimes will have significant near-term climate benefits.[read more]

Fracking's Dark Side Gets Darker: The Problem of Methane Waste

October 16, 2012 by Peter Lehner

Fracking for oil in North Dakota is so lucrative that when natural gas bubbles up alongside the oil, most oil companies simply view it as waste. It's cheaper, in the short term, to burn the gas than it is to build the infrastructure to pipe and sell it--so they burn it. Across the North Dakota prairie, natural gas flares light up the night sky like huge torches. Every day, they burn off enough gas to heat half a million homes.[read more]