• Gustavo Bernal Torres

COP26: World Leaders Announce Global Pledge To Slash Methane

The Global Methane Pledge aims to limit methane emissions by 30% compared with 2020 levels.

  • There has been a growing focus on methane as a way of buying extra time to tackle climate change. Although there's more CO2 in the atmosphere and it sticks around for longer, individual methane molecules have a more powerful warming effect on the atmosphere than single CO2 molecules.

  • The thrust is to cut emissions by 30% by 2030. The main focus in the short-term will be the fossil fuel industry. Most of the curbs can be achieved at little or no cost. The potential benefits are huge - scientists believe it could help the world avoid 0.3C of warming by 2040. At a time where every fraction of a degree matters, that is a major saving that could help keep the 1.5C threshold in play.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-59137828


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