Could feeding cows seaweed make climate-friendly steaks?

Though cows emit less methane when they eat red seaweed, it can only be part of the solution to cleaning up the polluting beef and dairy industry.
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Methane: What′s the big deal?

With much of the climate conversation centered around cutting carbon dioxide, less attention is paid to a more potent, less common and sometimes smellier greenhouse gas: methane.
Toxics

Scientists sniff for hidden methane leaks to combat global warming

Methane leaks are the focus of new efforts to slow the pace of global warming. The colourless and odourless gas is an astonishing 84 times more potent in heating our atmosphere than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period.

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Wheatley explosion could be 'tip of the iceberg' in Ontario given number of abandoned wells: expert

An expert on oil and gas wells in southwestern Ontario who presented at a national conference outlines the issues with abandoned wells in the wake of an explosion in Wheatley, Ont., that sent seven people to hospital.
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Scientists say the world urgently needs to cut methane emissions. The politics aren't as simple.

The Biden administration and some Democrats are shifting focus to methane, the greenhouse gas second-most responsible for heating the planet.
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Virginia county fends off natural gas plant, but battles continue

It's a partial victory for residents who have been opposing the C4GT power plants and other new natural gas infrastructure in the rural county for years.

Justice

Permit allows outdoor burning of hazardous waste to continue at Radford arsenal

State regulators renewed a permit that reduces by half the open burning of hazardous waste produced by the manufacture of propellants at the facility.
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Research shows gaps in how EPA, oil industry measure methane

EPA could improve its estimate of methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production if it revamped the data it relies on, according to new research.
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Bill McKibben: Are we finally ready to tackle the other greenhouse gas?

The smokestack of a ship might help us deal with spiking levels of methane.
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An ancient era of global warming could hint at our scorching future

Fifty-five million years ago, Earth’s thermostat shot up—and life dramatically changed. Here’s what history can teach us about our modern temperature surge.
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Your compostable plastic cups aren't a cure-all

Compostable 'plastic' cups can seem too good to be true, and in many instances they are. But it's probably not for the reasons you think.
Climate

Kate Aronoff: Joe Manchin’s lame reason for opposing more infrastructure spending

Voting down the country’s best shot at climate legislation because you’re worried about inflation is pretty twisted.
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Cutting methane is the best way to avoid disaster

Although climate change discussions focus mostly on carbon dioxide – the most important greenhouse gas by far – one of the big takeaways from the IPCC report is that to have any hope of staying below 1.5°C of heating we urgently need to cut methane emissions.

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Climate

For many, hydrogen is the fuel of the future. New research raises doubts

Currently, hydrogen fuel is made from natural gas. But even the cleanest process produces more greenhouse pollution than simply burning the gas, a study has found.
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Justice

A look at the “unequivocal” impact of climate change on Michigan

The effects of a rising climate are being felt all over the world, and Michigan is certainly no exception.

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Alabama PFAS manufacturing plant creates the climate pollution of 125,000 cars

The manufacturing plant responsible for PFAS-coated fast food packaging pumps out loads of a banned ozone-depleting compound along with "forever chemicals."

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Weaponization of water in South Asia

Climate change and unbalanced regional political power are driving an ongoing water crisis in Bangladesh.

Global action on harmful PFAS chemicals is long overdue: Study

"We already know enough about the harm being caused by these very persistent substances to take action to stop all non-essential uses and to limit exposure from legacy contamination."

Ocean plastic pollution

Too much plastic is ending up in the ocean — and making its way back onto our dinner plates.

Pennsylvania vows to regulate PFAS in drinking water—again—but regulations are at least two years away

The chemicals, linked to health problems including cancer and thyroid disease, have contaminated drinking water in Pittsburgh communities like Coraopolis and McKeesport.

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