We would be better off sticking to coal and oil than switching to gas
- Sep 19, 2019 6:52 pm GMT
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‘The world has no chance of beating climate change if natural gas is part of the mix’
A report by Germany’s Energy Watch Group thinktank has said we would be better off sticking to coal and oil than switching to gas because emissions of methane, the most potent greenhouse gas, caused by gas extraction render any related carbon savings irrelevant. September 18, 2019, By: Max Hall
Sticking with coal and oil-fired power and heat would give the world a better chance of hitting climate change mitigation targets than switching to natural gas, thanks to the devastating greenhouse gas effect of methane leakage.
That is the headline finding of a hard-hitting report published by the Berlin-based Energy Watch Group thinktank published this week, which has taken a swipe at the International Energy Agency (IEA) for perpetrating the idea natural gas is a more climate friendly option than its rival fossil fuels.
Sources of CH4
The bulk of human-caused methane, about 56 percent, comes from livestock, rice cultivation, and waste. In livestock production, animals' manure and cow burps release methane into the atmosphere. Rice is grown in flooded fields, which - like natural wetlands - give off methane from microbial activity. Sep 5, 2019.