"Cutting carbon dioxide is not enough to solve the climate crisis – the world
must act swiftly on another powerful greenhouse gas, methane, to halt the rise
in global temperatures, experts have warned.
Leading climate scientists will give their starkest warning yet – that we are
rushing to the brink of climate catastrophe – in a landmark report on Monday.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will publish its sixth assessment
report, a comprehensive review of the world’s knowledge of the climate crisis
and how human actions are altering the planet. It will show in detail how close
the world is to irreversible change.
One of the key action points for policymakers is likely to be a warning that
methane is playing an ever greater role in overheating the planet. The
carbon-rich gas, produced from animal farming, shale gas wells and poorly
managed conventional oil and gas extraction, heats the world far more
effectively than carbon dioxide – it has a “warming potential” more than 80
times that of CO2 – but has a shorter life in the atmosphere, persisting for
about a decade before it degrades into CO2."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics