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Wetlands and agriculture, not fossil fuels could be causing a global rise in methane
Description: New research shows that recent rises in levels of methane in our atmosphere is being driven by biological sources, such as swamp gas, cow burps, or rice fields, rather than fossil fuel emissions. Atmospheric methane is a major greenhouse gas that traps heat in our atmosphere, contributing to global warming. Its levels have been growing strongly since 2007, and in 2014 the growth rate of methane in the atmosphere was double that of previous years, largely driven by biological sources as opposed to fossil fuel emissions. [Source: Royal Holloway (University of London)]
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Source: Royal Holloway (University of London)
Publish Date: 9/27/2016
Reading Level: Basic
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