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Researchers Map New York State Methane Emissions With a Mobile Laboratory

Scientists are using mobile instruments to measure and hopefully help reduce emissions from landfills, cities, farms, waste treatment plants and other sources where mitigation measures could be put in place.

by |February 22, 2022

What Did COP26 Achieve?

Columbia Climate School experts say the results out of Glasgow are “a real mixed bag.”

by |November 15, 2021

Divert Biodegradable Waste From Landfills to Cut Climate-Warming Methane Emissions

Landfills should also be outfitted with facilities to monitor and control existing methane emissions.

by Nickolas J. Themelis |November 9, 2021
natural gas flaring

How the Biden Administration Could Improve the Federal Oil and Gas Leasing Program

A variety of changes could be put in place to reduce methane emissions.

by Marianne Kah |April 15, 2021
pipeline and danger sign

COVID-19 Policy Could Lead to a Spike in Methane Emissions

The Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration has announced that during the COVID-19 pandemic it will “exercise discretion” in enforcing natural gas pipeline safety regulations.

by Romany Webb |April 10, 2020

Could 2020 Determine Fracking’s Future?

With mounting evidence of health and environmental impacts, fracking faces opposition from many of the leading Democratic candidates for president.

by |January 28, 2020

You Asked: Should We All Go Vegetarian or Vegan to Reduce Our Carbon Footprint?

Short answer: Moderation is key.

by |September 26, 2019

Why Thawing Permafrost Matters

As the Arctic warms, the unfreezing of permafrost poses a threat to the planet.

by |January 11, 2018
The AUV Sentry discovered an area of seafloor where methane is bubbling up, similar to the earlier photo. The data will be used to plan the team's next dive with scientists inside a submersible. Photo: NOAA

Roving the Abyss: It Takes a Team

Bridgit’s first mission with the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) Sentry was a rousing success, including locating a patch of seafloor where methane is bubbling up.

by |July 29, 2016

The Fracking Facts

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method for extracting natural gas, has become a hot button issue across the U.S. But let’s try to look objectively at its benefits and risks.

by |June 6, 2014