Increase in atmospheric concentration of methane

Other Names:
Environmental hazards from methane

Methane is released into the atmosphere by a variety of processes, the most prominent being enteric fermentation of plant material in the stomachs of ruminants, release from both natural wetlands and rice fields, biomass burning, coal mining operations and leakage of natural gas during transmission. Methane concentrations in the atmosphere are more than twice as high as they have been for most of the past 160,000 years. Methane traps heat very efficiently, making it one of the greenhouse gases of most concern.

Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
03.05.2021 – 01:27 CEST