An international team of research scientists have found there has been a substantial underreporting of methane emissions, a potent greenhouse gas, and annual methane emissions may be up to 40 per cent higher than first thought. In new research published in the scientific journal Nature, scientists found that many of the world’s greenhouse gas records had used an incorrect estimate of pre-industrial methane emissions, leading to the underreporting. The scientific review found that methane emissions prior to the industrial revolution were substantially lower, as much as one-tenth lower, than originally thought.
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Winter surge marks the death rattle of Britain’s coal industry. The dirtiest of fossil fuels has crept back into UK’s energy mix — but not for long. Britain’s electricity system went more than two weeks last summer without burning a single tonne of the dirtiest fossil fuel for the first time since the 1880s, in what was hailed as a landmark in the country’s attempts to turn its energy supplies “green”. Coal has crept back into the mix over the winter, consistently generating about 5 per cent of the mainland UK’s electricity. But, in truth, this signalled neither a retreat from the pledges made as part of the Paris agreement on climate change or a natural response to the colder winter months. What has been happening is nothing more than the death rattle of Britain’s coal industry. Wind, nuclear, cleaner natural gas and, critically, a higher price for carbon emissions have helped strip coal almost entirely out of the system, well ahead of government plans for UK coal plants to be shut by 2024. The country’s electricity supply has cut CO2 emissions by around two-thirds in a decade, faster than any other big economy.
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