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New map of methane ‘super-emitters’ shows some of the largest methane clouds ever seen


Some of the largest clouds of heat-trapping methane gas ever detected are currently floating over New Mexico, Iran and several other “super-emitter” hot spots around the world, according to a new NASA report.

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that contributes to the warming of the atmosphere. Although it’s less abundant than carbon dioxide (CO2), methane can trap 80 times more heat pound-for-pound than CO2, according to NASA (opens in new tab). Human activities like the fossil fuel, natural gas, agriculture and waste industries contribute methane to the atmosphere, and understanding where the methane emission hot spots are can help scientists better understand humanity’s impact on the warming climate.

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