Natural Gas Is a Bridge to Catastrophic Warming

OO Natural Gas Is a Bridge to Catastrophic Warming says Cornell environmental scientist Robert Howarth in a new study, reports Bobby Magill at Climate Progress. Over 20 years, methane (aka natural gas) is 86 times more potent than CO2.

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OO Even at a plausible 6.5% methane emission levels from fracking sites, natural gas causes more global warming than coal over the next 20 years, assuming a modest annual 5% transition from coal to natural gas. Climate Central

Thus, although there is far more CO2, methane is now responsible for 40% of atmospheric warming. Natural gas is the largest US methane pollution source, so we have to rein in those emissions, before our climate tips over into an unstoppable, catastrophic state in the next 20 years or more.

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One tipping point: a warming Arctic accelerates the release of methane from melting tundra, creating further warming, and ultimately an independently driven, self-reinforcing global warming cycle. The solution? Switch to solar and wind power ASAP, says Howarth.

OO New Antarctic Studies Suggest More Rapid Sea Level Rise This Century

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Check it out here, right now!

OO The People Of Miami Know About Climate Change — We’re Living It

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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