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Earthscan book: Methane and Climate Change

Edited By Dave Reay, Pete Smith and Andre van Amstel

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and is estimated to be responsible for approximately one-fifth of man-made global warming. Per kilogram, it is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 100-year time horizon -- and global warming is likely to enhance methane release from a number of sources.
Edited By Dave Reay, Pete Smith and Andre van Amstel

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas and is estimated to be responsible for approximately one-fifth of man-made global warming. Per kilogram, it is 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide over a 100-year time horizon -- and global warming is likely to enhance methane release from a number of sources. This book provides an overview of our current knowledge of sources of methane and how these might be controlled to limit future climate change. It describes how methane is derived from the anaerobic metabolism of micro-organisms, whether in wetlands or rice fields, manure, landfill or wastewater, or the digestive systems of cattle and other ruminant animals. It highlights how sources of methane might themselves be affected by climate change. It is shown how numerous point sources of methane have the potential to be more easily addressed than sources of carbon dioxide and therefore contribute significantly to climate change mitigation in the 21st century. For more details and to order see here. For review copies of this book, please email Alice Haworth-Booth with the details of the publication. To order an inspection copy for a course, please click here, and for a 20% discount on any Earthscan book enter the voucher code JISC when ordering online. Dave Reay has a very useful website.
 

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