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Thoughts on Environmental Economics

Non-CO2 GHGs

Posted by Evan Herrnstadt on November 27, 2007

Brendan Koerner over at Slate reminds us that carbon dioxide is not the only greenhouse gas out there:

…methane deserves more attention than it’s received so far because, as you note, it’s arguably more deleterious to the environment than the widely feared CO2.

Methane has a higher heat-trapping capability than CO2, but is less persistent in the atmosphere. Some potential mitigation strategies are sending less waste to the landfill, tinkering with the diets of methane-burping livestock, and capturing landfill methane emissions for use as fuelstock.

For those of you interested in a more in-depth reading on the place of non-traditional GHG’s in climate policy, here is a short paper written by an RA at my favorite think tank on the subject.

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