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Methane News

Clean hydrogen energy can allegedly be produced from methane

Rio De Janeiro - Researcher Fabio B. Noronha claims that he and his team with the National Institute of Technology may have found a way to convert methane into hydrogen energy.

Methane levels from Deepwater Horizon 'remain high'

Microbial activities in the Gulf of Mexico suggests that gas-rich deepwater plumes following the Deepwater Horizon oil well blowout overwhelmed methane-oxidizing bacterial species, leading to high concentrations of methane lasting for a very long time.

Fracking: Methane levels 1000 higher than EPA stats at some wells

West Lafayette - The furor over fracking took a further twist this week as levels of the greenhouse gas methane were found above drilling wells, in some cases, 1,000 times greater than previous Environmental Protection Agency estimates.

Low-methane kangaroo gas may be key to bovine emissions problem

Kangaroos and cows share a similar diet – mostly grasses and other vegetation. Yet, kangaroos give off a relatively low-methane gas whereas cows and other livestock are a major source of the greenhouse gas.

Breeding low methane emitting cattle

A new study is examining the possibilities of adapting cattle husbandry and the selection processes for cow breeding, to lower the greenhouse gas emissions produced when cows beak wind.

Making methane with bacteria

Scientists have looked at how bacteria work together to anaerobically digest biomass to produce methane gas, which is important in bioenergy and could be linked to the new generation of biofuels.

Op-Ed: Yoko Ono & 'Artists Against Fracking' visit Pennsylvania

Yoko Ono and her son, Sean Lennon, started a petition against fracking in New York. They were then invited to visit communities in Pennsylvania to see the actual impacts and effects of fracking, up close and personal.

The Big Thaw: Permafrost thaw to cause significant Global Warming

Thawing of permafrost is expected to cause significant additional global warming, not yet accounted for in climate predictions, warn scientists attached to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in a report released this week..

Curiosity sniffs the Martian air but no clues yet to life on Mars

NASA’s Curiosity rover sampled the air on Mars this week. At a teleconference on November 2, NASA announced Curiosity had not found any evidence of methane, which is often a sign of life, in the Martian atmosphere.

Vast stores of greenhouse gas locked within the Antarctic

New research suggests that large volumes of greenhouse gases, like methane, are locked beneath the ice-covered regions of the Antarctic.

Methane from fracking contaminates Pennsylvania water supplies

Dangerous levels of methane have appeared in water supplies in Leroy Township, Pennsylvania. The appearance of the gas appears to be the result of fracking activities, leading to a fine being levelled on the well operator Chesapeake Energy.

Dino flatulence may have had effect on climate, study suggests

A study conducted by the journal Current Biology suggests that dinosaur flatulence may have been a source of global warming.

Dino flatulence may have had effect on climate, study suggests

A study conducted by the journal Current Biology suggests that dinosaur flatulence may have been a source of global warming.

Study shows frack wells cause methane-contaminated drinking water

Durham - A new scientific study has, for the first time, found a pattern linking hydraulic fracturing and natural gas drilling with methane contamination of drinking water, with some contamination levels so high that faucet taps can be set on fire.

Upper Big Branch Mine coal disaster rescuers were ‘expendable’

Charleston - Last year's Upper Big Branch coal mine disaster, claiming the lives of 29 workers, also put at risk federal rescue teams who began their search for potential survivors hours after the blast without backup rescue teams in place, pressured by Massey Energy.

Study: Shale gas by fracking more dangerous than conventional gas

Ithaca - A new study released this week reveals that shale gas, the product of a highly controversial extraction method called hydraulic fracturing, brings with it a greater greenhouse gas impact than conventional oil, gas, and coal over a 20-year period.

Saturn transitions into spring weather; Titan rains methane

Pasadena - The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Cassini spacecraft garnered photos of Saturn's largest satellite, Titan, changing seasons. The images captured darkened clouds raining methane on its equatorial deserts.

Freshwater bodies are a larger source of methane than expected

According to a recent international study, lakes, rivers and other freshwater bodies emit unexpected amounts of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. Indirectly, this could impact the expected effects of reforestation programs to fight climate change.

Spicing up bovine diet could reduce greenhouse gases

Adding a touch of curry to the feed of cows and sheep may cut their methane emissions by as much as 40 percent, according to a new study from the UK.

Permafrost and Methane Could Be A Force In Climate Change

Each time a bubble breaks through are we at a greater risk? Those bubbles are coming from the the Arctic Circle and the risk is methane. Methane at a rate that could speed up climate change across the globe.

Op-Ed: Methane on Mars, but is it a sign of life?

Methane is one of the classic byproducts of life on Earth. That doesn’t, unfortunately, mean it’s a sign of life on Mars. But organic chemistry is as good a chance as any of being the cause of the methane emissions.

Aliens Responsible for Methane on Mars?

Nasa scientists have announced that they detected large quantities of Methane gas on Mars which could be being produced by alien bugs.

Global Methane Levels Rise

After eight years of near-zero growth in atmospheric methane concentrations, levels have again started to rise. Methane is the second most important greenhouse gas in the atmosphere after carbon dioxide.

Op-Ed: Global Warming Causes Methane to Leak from Bottom of Arctic Ocean

When the environment's equilibrium is broken things spiral out of control and deterioration feeds upon itself. It won’t be 2100 before people start to die because of global warming; in fact, it's already started.

Extinction, anyone? Methane, a literal blast from the past, makes a comeback

Why go to all this trouble with subprimes, when all you really need to do is stick a few billion tons of methane in the atmosphere? It’s been tried before, it works, and it’s a lot less expensive. It was called the Permian Extinction.

Op-Ed: If a cow farts in a plastic bag, does a global warming advocate inhale it?

There is an ancient Chinese curse that says, "May you live in interesting times." Sometimes, it seems, the world must surely be damned, for these are definitely interesting times.

Mr. Methane at Edinburgh Fringe

Performing his renditions of a Strauss waltz and other selections, Mr. Methane has a unique ability to play music anally. And will be performing at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Flatulence Tax Raising a Stink in Estonia

The latest attempt by human origin global warming devotees to curb C02 emissions includes a tax on flatulence from cattle in the country of Estonia. Decorum is always appreciated in the comments section of any posted article, butt.....

Swedish University Gets $590,000 to Study Belching Cows

Twenty belching cows will participate in a Swedish study in order to determine the amount of methane that is released when cows belch. The study is being funded to the tune of $590,000.

Methane Bubbles Rarely Escape Ocean

Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted in great quantities as bubbles from seeps on the ocean floor near Santa Barbara;About half of these bubbles dissolve into the ocean, only one percent of this dissolved methane escapes into the air
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Methane can also be trapped in other forms  as with the bubbles here.
Methane can also be trapped in other forms, as with the bubbles here.
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Warming permafrost softens coastlines  making it more vulnerable to wave action and promoting erosio...
Warming permafrost softens coastlines, making it more vulnerable to wave action and promoting erosion along the Arctic coast of Alaska. A large block of ice-rich permafrost has detached from the mainland and will quickly disintegrate (photo: Christopher Arp).
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Loss of the polar ice  the Earth s shield in protecting the planet from excessive warming is happeni...
Loss of the polar ice, the Earth's shield in protecting the planet from excessive warming is happening now.
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