Cut methane emissions to avert global temperature rise: Study

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  • Date: 08-May-2021
  • Source: Saudi Gazette
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Cut methane emissions to avert global temperature rise: Study



GENEVA — Methane emissions caused by human activity can be reduced by up to 45 per cent this decade, thus helping to keep global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius in line with the Paris Agreement on climate change, according to a UN-backed report published on Thursday.

The Global Methane Assessment outlines the benefits of mitigating methane, a key ingredient in smog, which include preventing some 260,000 premature deaths and 775,000 asthma-related hospital visits annually, as well as 25 million tons in crop losses.

The study is the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), a global partnership of governments and non-State partners, and the UN Environment Program (UNEP).

‘Strongest lever’

“Cutting methane is the strongest lever we have to slow climate change over the next 25 years and complements necessary efforts to reduce carbon dioxide. The benefits to society, economies, and the environmental are numerous and far outweigh the cost,” said Inger Andersen, the UNEP executive director.

Methane is an extremely powerful greenhouse gas, responsible for around 30 per cent of warming since

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