Alaska’s newest lakes are belching methane

Methane bubbles appear on the surface of Big Trail Lake. Credit: NASA / Sofie Bates “This lake wasn’t here 50 years ago.” Katey Walter Anthony, an ecologist at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, dips her paddle into the water as her kayak glides across the lake. “Years ago, the ground was about three meters taller and … Read more

Seaweed-munching bovine chews on solution to methane problem

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain With a nose painted dark walnut, Nugget’s body is the color of a lightly toasted marshmallow. Her hair is soft when brushed one way, coarse when brushed the other. Weighing a queen-size 1,200 pounds, she likes to retreat to the back of the barn after her afternoon feeding frenzy concludes. It’s … Read more

EPA announces flights to look for methane in Permian Basin

Patches of land housing oil pumpjacks dot the landscape of the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. Carbon Mapper, a partnership of university researchers and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, documented massive amounts of methane venting into the atmosphere from oil and gas operations across the Permian, a 250-mile-wide bone-dry expanse along the … Read more

Scientists reveal method of converting methane gas into liquid methanol

The conversion took place under ambient temperature and pressure conditions, which could enable methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to be used to produce fuel. Credit: UFSCAR A group of researchers has succeeded in converting methane into methanol using light and dispersed transition metals such as copper in a process known as photo-oxidation. According to an … Read more

Biogas and biomethane supply chains leak twice as much methane as first thought

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A new Imperial analysis has found that biogas and biomethane, while more climate friendly, leak more than twice as much methane as previously thought. Although biogas and biomethane remain climate-friendlier than non-renewable alternatives, the researchers call for better monitoring and fixing of leaks to ensure biogas and biomethane continue to live … Read more

New measurements from Northern Sweden show less methane emission than feared

On the left is a pond vegetation controlled by high water levels and on the right a drier tundra vegetation, which is becoming more prevalent in areas where the water level is low and the soil dries out in summer. In areas where permafrost disappears, new studies show that the release of methane can be … Read more