The National Academies recently began a new study, largely sponsored by CPO’s Atmospheric Chemistry, Carbon Cycle, and Climate (AC4) program, to improve tracking of human-caused methane emissions in the US and eventually develop better methane reduction strategies.
The study will assess current approaches for tracking US methane emissions and for improving current records of atmospheric methane, whose leading sources include natural gas and petroleum systems, enteric fermentation, and landfills.
The National Academies will conduct the study through a special committee that will examine approaches for measuring and monitoring atmospheric methane. The committee will also assess ways of creating and presenting inventories of human-caused methane in the atmosphere.
NOAA, the US Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and NASA sponsor the study.
For more information, visit: http://nas-sites.org/dels/studies/methane-study/
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