Scientists Suggest Turning Methane Into Carbon Dioxide Could Reduce Global Warming

Turning one of the worst greenhouse gases, methane, into carbon dioxide – not the worst greenhouse, but much more abundant – could still work out positive for the

Scientists Suggest Turning Methane Into Carbon Dioxide Could Reduce Global Warming

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This effort is like running the coal industry in reverse," Dr Rob Jackson, lead author of the new paper and Professor of Earth System Science at Stanford University, told Forbes. "Efforts like the giant solar farm have advantages over what we’re proposing because they produce a potentially valuable product.

If it was possible to turn the worst greenhouse gasses into less-damaging ones then, theoretically we end up with a net positive. "To make a dent in the global CO2 budget, we need to remove billions of tons of CO2 every year, likely between 5-10 billion tons per year [out of ~40 emitted currently].

A group of climate researchers from Stanford University have proposed that an effort to turn one of the worst greenhouse gases, methane, into carbon dioxide – not the worst greenhouse, but much more abundant – could still work out positive for the planet.

A group of climate researchers from Stanford University have proposed that an effort to turn one of the worst greenhouse gases, methane, into carbon dioxide – not the worst greenhouse, but much more abundant – could still work out positive for the planet.

So unlike CO2, methane will come out of the atmosphere fairly quickly – it has a lifespan of roughly 12 years – whereas CO2 effectively persists in the atmosphere. "This means that if we reduce our methane emissions, then the concentration in the atmosphere will reduce quite quickly.

Unlike CO2 where if we reduce our emissions the atmospheric concentration persists. "The fact that average methane concentrations are very low [1. 7 ppm] makes me suspicious that this would be extremely costly.

Dr Paul Balcombe of Imperial College London’s Department of Chemical Engineering, who was not involved in writing the paper, told Forbes, "Methane is a relatively short-lived climate pollutant.

In a paper published in the journal Nature Sustainability they reason that turning all that methane into CO2 would still put humanity ahead and estimate that the transformation would eliminate about one-sixth of the cumulative drivers of global warming.

I don’t know how feasible any of this is, though, including using solar arrays to produce h2 and transporting it to land to produce products. "Methane removal would be difficult too, but, it has some advantages compared to CO2.

Dr Paul Balcombe of Imperial College London’s Department of Chemical Engineering, who was not involved in writing the paper, told Forbes, "Methane is a relatively short-lived climate pollutant.

In a paper published in the journal Nature Sustainability they reason that turning all that methane into CO2 would still put humanity ahead and estimate that the transformation would eliminate about one-sixth of the cumulative drivers of global warming.

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