The gasification of natural gas and other forms of renewable energy has become a major worry for some environmentalists.
As more of the gas from natural gas fields and storage facilities is used to power our homes and businesses, methane emissions from those sources have grown at an alarming rate.
In fact, more than 30 percent of the world’s natural gas has been released in the last decade.
And it’s happening fast, with methane being released in a matter of days or weeks.
Some scientists think that the release of methane from our energy infrastructure is only a matter to be expected as we use natural gas more.
But what we don’t know is how much methane is being released and whether the amount is as great as previously thought.
This is because methane emissions can vary greatly between the sites where they are produced and the plants they’re stored.
In a recent paper, scientists at the University of California, Berkeley, and the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) examined data from several large natural gas-powered power plants, and found that methane emissions increased significantly in the days following power plant shutdowns.
The data showed that methane was released from power plants in California in the early hours of the morning and continued to rise throughout the night.
And in some cases, the gas was so volatile that it could vaporize the air around the plants.
Methane emissions from power plant power plants were also significantly higher in the winter months.
In the summer, it was even worse.
Methanese is the most abundant component of natural methane and the most important component in natural gas.
The gas that fuels our cars and other appliances comes from natural sources, but methane is a more stable and potent component of that gas.
Scientists say that natural gas is a better choice than coal, coal-fired or natural gas, and it’s even better than natural gas for powering vehicles and furnaces, which use a lot of the fuel.
But if you want to reduce your carbon footprint, you should probably invest in cleaner energy sources like natural gas or solar.
In some cases even the biggest power plants are not emitting enough methane to be considered sources of concern.
“In general, the vast majority of the methane emissions are not the result of plant operations,” said Michael McGlashan, an associate professor of environmental science at Caltech who led the study.
“These sources may be increasing but the vast bulk of emissions are being attributed to sources that are not actually burning gas.
And that’s the kind of thing that you should worry about.”
McGlachan and his colleagues analyzed data from nine power plants around the country and found some of the biggest gas-burning power plants emit as much as 17 million metric tons of methane per year, or 1.8 million times more than a typical coal-burning plant.
The researchers also found that more than 1,000 of the largest plants emit methane emissions of up to 10 million metric pounds per year.
And many of the facilities that emit the largest amounts of methane emit more than twice as much methane as their peers.
“There are a lot more of these power plants than we realized, because many of them are not operating as well as they should be,” McGlas says.
McGlasheran and other researchers are now working to better understand the sources of methane that are being released, how they are being used and how they affect the environment.
He hopes to find out more about the release and potential impacts on local communities, and hopes to put those findings in a report that is released in May.
“We hope to see some information about how to minimize the risk to local communities and communities in general,” McClasheran said.
“It’s important to understand the risk and what we can do about it, and that’s what this study is about.”
And while methane emissions have grown exponentially over the last few decades, McGlaser believes that more studies need to be done before we can say that methane is as big a problem as some believe.
“The problem is that we’ve had no clear idea of what the impacts of these sources of emissions might be,” he said.
McClaser has been working with other scientists at CalTech on a study that examines methane emissions at the state and local levels and how those emissions affect communities.
McGLaser said that one way to do that would be to conduct more long-term studies.
But he and his collaborators also hope to find a way to better monitor the amount of methane being emitted, particularly at sites that have been shut down, which can be a key to understanding how emissions are affecting local communities.