From: University of Bristol
Published October 10, 2017 01:20 PM

Little Growth Observed in India's Methane Emissions

Methane is the second most powerful greenhouse gas and concentrations are rising in the atmosphere. Because of its potency and quick decay in the atmosphere, countries have recognised that reduction of methane emissions are a means toward mitigating global warming.

In light of the new international climate agreement, the Paris Agreement, there is increasing need for countries to accurately quantify their greenhouse gas emissions and to have independent checks on this reporting. 

In one of the biggest independent studies of its kind, scientists from the University of Bristol have concluded that there has been little growth in India’s methane emissions over the last few years and that reporting of these emissions by the country’s authorities is accurate.

This is in contrast to other countries, such as China, where measurements have shown increasing emissions of the greenhouse gas in recent years or the United States, where large discrepancies have been found between reported emissions and those inferred from atmospheric observations.

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