Scientists say methane surge requires ‘urgent attention’

Researchers are warning that combating climate change also requires more controls over the rate at which methane in the atmosphere is now rising.

(Next Animation Studio) -Researchers are warning that combating climate change also requires more controls over the rate at which methane in the atmosphere is now rising.

According to scientists, methane causes a much greater greenhouse effect than is a smaller component than carbon dioxide does, despite being a much smaller component.

“CO2 is still the dominant target for mitigation, for good reason. But we run the risk if we lose sight of methane of offsetting the gains we might make in bringing down levels of carbon dioxide,” the BBC quoted Robert Jackson from Stanford University as saying.

Jackson authored an editorial in the journal Environmental Research Letters (ERL), which calls on the scientific community to pay more attention to the effects methane has on the planet.

California announced new bills earlier this year to restrict environmental pollutants damaging to the air.

Under the new laws announced on September 19, carbon emissions stemming from diesel trucks will be reduced by 50 percent. Dairy farmers have been instructed to reduce methane emissions from the state’s 5.15 million cows by 40 percent by the year 2030.

Farmers will receive funding from the state to invest in methane digesters, to convert the pollutants from manure into energy to be sold to electrical utilities.