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Global Warming Accelerates Methane

Methane is A Greenhouse Gas which causes Global Warming

Dispropriate increase in methane gas emission is due to global warming. A new research study finds that with an increase in the rate of global warming there is a relative increase in the amount of methane gas production. we can say Rapid Global Warming More Methane Production.

What is methane gas?

It is colorless as well as odorless gas. Methane gas is a chemical compound with the formula of CH4. This gas is a greenhouse and is a major constituent of natural gas. Its molar mass is 16.04g/mol. It is the simplest of all alkanes and is the first member of its family. Methane gas is highly inflammable and explodes very quickly. When its amount reaches a certain level, it causes suffocation. The main contributor to greenhouse gases and play a role in global warming. An increase in its quantity may cause severe defects, known and unknown both.

What if its production crosses threshold?

A recent study published in journal Nature Climate Change concludes that when disproportionate methane gas production occurs, it causes more methane to be produced. This study led by scientists in England. Scientists of the School of Medical and Biological Sciences, Queen Mary University of London further concludes that freshwater ecosystems are at higher risk as there are more methane production and emission.

Methane Globally

According to reports, only the US in 2017, had a 10% quantity of human-driven activities producing methane. Methane gas is 84 times more potent than Carbon Dioxide. Globally it is responsible for 25% of global warming.

Advantages and Disadvantages

out of many advantages, there are some aspects which are unwanted for society. for example, methane gas production on one side acts as cheap fuel but on the other side, it acts as a global warmer.  

Besides these, the human digestive system or gut also produces methane gas which causes flatulence.

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Sohail Anjum

Sohail Anjum completed his undergraduate degree in Zoology from University of Malakand in September 2019. He is a young researcher in Ecology. He has also worked with IUCN as a Reviewer of Proposals for IUCN Congress 2020.

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