Despite the government spruiking a 'gas-led economic recovery', natural gas is clearly on the way out. It's time for a serious rethink on the way many Australians cook and heat our homes.
Microbial mats in Shark Bay, Western Australia, similar to those that lived around 200 million years ago.
Yalimay Jimenez Duarte WA-OIGC, Curtin University
The end-Triassic mass extinction was a cataclysm for the world's prehistoric species, killed off by volcanoes that altered Earth's seas and skies. But new research shows it didn't happen when we thought.
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If so, then the possibility of planetary super-heating in future has just become much more real.
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Methane is a live-fast, die-young greenhouse gas but its impact on the climate can last for hundreds or even thousands of years
Investment in gas will not herald Australia's economic recovery. It's likely to hinder it.
Hydrogen is hailed as a new clean fuel, but little attention has been paid to the potential environmental challenges presented by the energy shift.
Methane gas extraction on Lake Kivu.
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Such a large accumulation of methane in a lake is unique, and has never been reached in any other lakes.
In Australia, methane emissions from fossil fuels are rising due to expansion of the natural gas industry, whereas agriculture emissions are falling.
Methane bubbles form in a pit digester on a dairy farm as bacteria break down cow manure. The methane can be collected and used as an energy source.
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Energy companies are marketing a new fuel: 'renewable' natural gas. But it's not the same from a climate change perspective as wind or solar energy.
If we had not altered the composition of the atmosphere at all through emitting greenhouse gases, particulate matter and ozone-destroying chemicals, the average temperature would have remained stable.
Compost awaiting distribution at the Las Virgenes Municipal Water District’s Rancho Las Virgenes compost facility, Calabasas, Calif.
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Turning food scraps and yard trimmings into compost improves soil, making it easier for people to grow their own food. City composting programs spread those benefits more widely.
The wet and low-lying East Siberian Arctic is likely to be a major methane source in the coming decades.
Household actions lead to changes in collective behaviour and are an essential part of social movements.
Households generate a large share of national greenhouse gas emissions and can take steps to reduce them.
Titan imaged in the near infrared by the Cassini orbiter on November 13, 2015.
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Saturn's largest moon has been fully mapped for the first time.
A powerful heat-trapping gas, methane is released from the natural gas delivery infrastructure.
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Two energy scholars who have studied the extent of methane leaks in the oil and gas industry explain what rescinding methane emissions regulations will mean to the climate and industry.
Drones - and other innovative technologies - can be effective in detecting methane leaks.
New technologies can help locate large methane leaks in a faster and more effective manner.
A seismic line (petroleum exploration corridor) traverses a wetland in northern Alberta.
Petroleum exploration in Alberta has disturbed more than 1,900 sq. km of wetlands in Alberta, boosting emissions of methane: a potent greenhouse gas.
The Cape Grim observatory, home of the ‘world’s cleanest air’… and rising greenhouse gases.
Carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere are at 414 parts per million. But thanks to a recalculation of methane's warming power, the total amount of greenhouse gases is now equivalent to more than 500.
Giving food that would otherwise go to landfill to hungry people does little to ensure the well-being of Canadians who are food insecure.
Reducing food waste by feeding hungry Canadians is a simplistic solution that is deeply problematic and morally distressing.
It’s not cows’ fault they fart, but the methane they produce is warming the planet.
Removing human-related methane from the atmosphere could reduce global warming by 15%.