U.S. Methane Emissions 50 Percent Higher Than EPA Estimates
Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is produced through natural gas production and distribution, cattle farming, landfills, coal mining, manure management and many other anthropogenic and natural sources, though human activities are thought to contribute approximately 60 percent of the total.
Generated by a large, multi-institutional team of researchers, the latest findings offer a robust and comprehensive baseline for assessing policies designed to reduce greenhouse gases. They also point to a few areas where the assumptions built into recent emissions factors and estimated totals may be flawed …
You see climate models tossed around in news and science coverage constantly—they’re what we base many of our environmental efforts on, looking into the past to come up with an idea of where we’ll be in the near future. But believe it or not, there are real human beings behind these all-important simulations. To put a friendly face to these predictive efforts, Columbia University’s Rebecca Fowler and Francesco Fiondella decided to go a bit (a lot) more literal with their 2014 “Climate Models” Calendar.
The scientists photographed for the calendar are the everyday people who’ve dedicated their lives to figuring out where our planet’s been, where it’s going, and where it could be with or without some effort on our part. Per the calendar’s creators, they’re hoping to “increase awareness of climate change and its impacts by engaging the public with scientists and what they’re learning about Earth’s climate.”
Borneo Orangutans, “are coming down from their trees to forage and travel, possibly adapting to a changing environment”.