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Methane Sources and Reduction Opportunities

Methane Sources and Reduction Opportunities

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Published by: Gulf Restoration Network on Jul 15, 2010
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Methane: Sources and ReductionOpportunities
Ellen Baum and Joe ChaissonNovember 7, 2007
Take Homemessages
Global average atmospheric concentrations of methane haveincreased by 150 percent since 1750. Current atmosphericlevels are as high as they have been in at least the last 650thousand years.
In the late 1990s, atmospheric methane concentrationsstopped rising and have remained nearly constant sincethen.
Reduction measures may be contributing to this.
Wetlands are a dominant source of methane emissions todayand the trajectory of future wetland emissions is not clear(up? or down?).
Take Home message, II
Methane reductions lower troposphericozoneconcentrations.
Conventional “clean air”ozone reduction strategiesfocus largely on reducing NOxemissions and theresulting ozone reductions do not benefit climate.
Combining conventional NOxreduction strategies withmethane reductions results in ozone reductions
that benefit climate 
Because methane is a well-mixed greenhouse gas, it doesnot matter where reductions occur.
This argues for targeting least-cost reductions tobenefit global and Arctic climate.
Because methane’s atmospheric lifetime is less than tenyears, methane reductions will have their full effect inreducing forcing within about a decade

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