The rise in the harmful greenhouse gas is notable because it happened during worldwide lockdowns that led to drops in carbon emissions. It also happened despite pledges from the oil and gas sector to limit their carbon emissions.
Karryos, which analyzed satellite data to calculate the extent of methane emissions, says there are roughly 100 methane leaks happening around the world at any given moment.
“Such increases in methane emissions are concerning and in stark contradiction to the direction set in the Paris agreement,” said Antoine Rostand, president of Kayrros, as The Washington Post reported. “Despite much talk of climate action by energy industry stakeholders, global methane emissions continue to increase steeply.”
According to Karryos’ data, in some methane hotspots, emissions rose 40 percent higher than over the same time frame in 2019. Those areas were Algeria, Russia and Turkmenistan. In addition to those three countries, the U.S., Iraq and Iran were the three largest methane emitters in the first two-thirds of 2020, as The Washington Post reported.
Methane does not stick around the atmosphere