Methane emissions data blows a hole in China’s climate action

Jan 30, 2019, 7:45 AM EST
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The findings of a recent report published in journal Nature blows a hole in China’s claims of leading the world on climate change action. Alarmingly, methane emissions, a greenhouse gas that is multiple times more potent in driving global warming than carbon dioxide, rose by 1.1m tonnes a year between 2010 and 2015 in China.

The scientists, whose findings are based on data from Japanese satellites, blame China’s massive coal mining sector for notable rise in methane emissions, notes CNN. The stats reflect on the country’s failure to implement its ambitious plans of capturing methane and using it to power homes despite introducing a raft of coal mining regulations in 2010.

The global methane emissions have been rising at the rate of 5m to 8m tonnes a year, which means that China alone accounts for almost 11 to 24 percent of the spike, reports Eco Watch.