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Climate Facts: Methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat, says WMO

Climate Facts: Methane is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat, says WMO
September 20
20:40 2023

The complexities of climate change and its associated jargons can be difficult to understand.

TheCable’s quick climate facts will help demystify these concepts through easy-to-understand and straightforward explanations.

Here are some to keep at the tip of your fingers:

  • The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) says methane is a powerful greenhouse gas (GHG) that is 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.
  • According to WMO, 90 percent of the excess energy that accumulates in the earth system due to increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases, goes into the ocean.
  • The ocean absorbs around 25 percent of the annual emissions of anthropogenic carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. This helps to alleviate the impacts of climate change but at a high ecological cost to the ocean, the organisation said.
  • According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) latest synthesis report, approximately 79 percent of global GHG emissions in 2019 came from the energy, industry, transport, and buildings sectors.
  • The IPCC added that 22 percent of global GHG emissions came from agriculture, forestry and other land use, in the same year.

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