Methane is a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Its main source is livestock, natural gas and oil. While carbon dioxide emissions have decreased during the coronavirus pandemic, methane has been the opposite.
Global warming methane emissions have hit record highs, new research suggests. If this rate does not fall, it will heat the earth to dangerous temperatures for the rest of the century. These emissions also undermine any effort to limit global temperature increases to no more than 2.7 degrees per year, Stanford University said in a press release.
“We need to eat less meat and reduce emissions from livestock and rice farming, and replace oil and natural gas in our cars and homes,” the authors say.
The results of the study, conducted by scientists from several Yale University, Stanford and NASA, were released on Tuesday.