Methane News

Methane is a simple hydrocarbon, a colorless, odorless gas consisting of one carbon atom bonded to four hydrogen atoms (CH4). It is the main component of natural gas, making it a significant energy source used in heating, electricity generation, and as a fuel for vehicles. Methane is also a potent greenhouse gas, with a global warming potential many times greater than that of carbon dioxide over a 100-year period. It is released into the atmosphere from natural sources like wetlands and geological seepage, as well as from human activities such as agriculture (especially from the digestive processes of ruminants), landfills, and the extraction and transportation of fossil fuels. Methane’s impact on climate change, coupled with its energy content, makes its management crucial in environmental policies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions and mitigating climate change.