Urgent action on methane emissions could shave 0.3C off global temperatures by 2045, UN report says

8th May, 2021

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A ranch in Texas where several wind turbines have been built. Cattle farms are a major source of methane (AFP via Getty Images)


Rapid action on methane emissions could shave 0.3C off global temperatures by 2045, a report estimates. Methane is a short-lived but potent greenhouse gas. It is the second-worst contributor to global heating after CO2. A report led by the UN Environment Programme warns that atmospheric concentrations of methane are at their highest level since records began about 40 years ago – with human-caused emissions largely stemming from animal agriculture, fossil fuel production and the waste industry.

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