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A large increase in US methane emissions over the past decade

A.J. Turner, D. J. Jacob, J. Benmergui, S. D. Wofsy, J. D. Maasakkers, A. Butz, O. Hasekamp, S. C. Biraud, E. Dlugokencky
A large increase in US methane emissions over the past decade inferred from satellite data and surface observations
Geophysical Research Letters
Accepted manuscript online: 6 February 2016
DOI: 10.1002/2016GL067987

Key Findings

  • Satellite retrievals and surface observations of atmospheric methane suggest that US methane emissions have increased by more than 30% over the 2002–2014 period.
  • The trend is largest in the central part of the country but cannot be readily attributed to any specific source type.
  • The observed increase in US methane emissions could account for 30–60% of the global growth of atmospheric methane seen in the past decade.

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