An upcoming report by the United Nations notes the importance of reducing methane emissions in order to reduce global warming. Methane may be more crucial to keeping normal temperatures than previously thought, the New York Times reported.

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The report is expected to discuss methane, a large part of natural gas, and how its reduction will help mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Both carbon dioxide and methane reached record-high levels in the atmosphere in 2020.

Methane is especially dangerous since its 28 times more effective at trapping heat over 100 years, and human activity is responsible for half of the methane emissions.

The report points to the fossil fuel industry holding the power to reduce these emissions. While methane is potent to the atmosphere, it also lasts a relatively short time compared to other greenhouse gases. This means cutting emissions now would help countries hit emission reduction targets.

The report is expected to come from the Climate and Clean Air Coalition and the United Nations Environment Programme and will be published in May.

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In the United States, the Biden Administration continues its push to reduce emissions. “Methane gets less attention than its big bad brother, carbon dioxide, but in truth methane is like carbon dioxide on steroids,” Senator Chuck Schumer, the majority leader, said during a discussion on reducing emissions.

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