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Industrial methane emissions are underreported, study finds

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  • Study published in Elementa reports that methane concentrations emitted into the atmosphere by ammonia fertilizer plants in the United States are underestimated.
  • According to the study, methane emissions from these plants are 100 times higher than those estimated by the fertilizer plants themselves.
  • The measured emissions are also higher than those estimated by the environmental protection agency for all industrial processes that emit methane into the atmosphere in the United States.
  • To measure methane concentrations in the atmosphere, a high-precision methane sensor located on a vehicle was used.
  • The study suggests that these high methane emissions released into the atmosphere contribute to intensifying the greenhouse effect and global warming beyond expectations.

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