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Climate Facts: Methane’s warming potential 80 times greater than carbon dioxide, says UNEP

Climate Facts: Methane’s warming potential 80 times greater than carbon dioxide, says UNEP
May 10
15:30 2023

The complexities of climate change and its associated jargon can make it difficult to digest. TheCable’s climate quick facts will help to demystify these climate concepts through easy-to-understand and straight-to-the-point explanations.

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

  • To prevent warming beyond 1.5°C, emissions need to be reduced by 7.6 percent every year till 2030, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
  • The risk of heat-related illness and death will be lower at 1.5°C warming than at 2°C, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
  • Warming of 1.5°C to 2°C will lead to a reduction of rainforest biomass and will increase deforestation and wildfires, according to NASA.
  • Methane is a powerful pollutant with a global warming potential over 80 times greater than carbon dioxide (CO2), according to UNEP.
  • UNEP says the International Energy Agency estimates that over 75 percent of methane emissions could be mitigated with technology that exists today – and up to 40 percent at no net cost.



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