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.