Methane VS CO2. What’s Worse?



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Gauvain Martel, Methane vs CO2. The worst gas.

 According to scientists, people should be as worried about methane as we are about CO2. Methane has an even bigger warming power than CO2

Methane has more than 80 times the warming power of carbon dioxide over the first 20 years after it reaches the atmosphere. Even though CO2 has a longer-lasting effect, methane sets the pace for warming in the near term. On a century-scale, methane is still 25 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in global warming potential (GWP)!

CO2 is a relly bad gaz. It is a natural, harmless greenhouse gas in small amounts. However, it can be dangerous for your health as the level increases. Primarily produced by the air we breathe out, CO2 is concentrated in rooms when they are poorly ventilated. CO2 is 76% of the gas that creates global warming.

Methane is a gas that is quite abundant in a natural environment, it persists for less than ten years in the atmosphere where it is destroyed by hydroxyl radicals, but it is a greenhouse gas much more powerful than CO2, with a potential of 28 times higher global warming, at its current level of concentration, for a few percent of the total greenhouse effect at work in our atmosphere.­­­

China is the top country with methane emissions in the world. As of 2018, methane emissions in China were 1.24 million kt of CO2 equivalent. The top 5 countries also include the Russian Federation, India, the United States of America, and Brazil, according to

Here are the top five methane emitters according to CBS NEWS

1 Wet Lands
With 33% of the methane produced in there, it is the most productive methane emitter “Contributing approximately 167 Tg of methane to the atmosphere per year; wetlands are the largest natural source of atmospheric methane in the world, and therefore remain a major area of concern concerning climate change” according to Wikipedia.

2 Agriculture
24% of methane is produced by agriculture. Cows are very bad for the earth. When they eat Soja, something is going on in their stomachs, cows’ flatulence produces methane and they fart a lot.

3 Fossils Fuels
With 20% of methane, fossil fuels are very effective methane emitters. Most people think that it is the first emitter but, actually it is the third one. The petrol that we produce for our cars is a pretty big methane emitter but it isn’t as bad as the media is trying to tell us.

4 waste
All the things we waste produce around 11% of methane on earth. If you have ever been to a dump on a hot day, you know that it is stinky, and that is because of methane. Landfields are everywhere. It produces plenty of methane.
Anything you will see out in the real world you’ll see it here,” said David Gregory, manager of the solid waste division of the Orange County Utilities Department. “Because when people throw things away, this is where it comes.” according to NPR NEWS

5 Other natural sources
With 9% of the methane produced with that, it isn’t the most effective methane emitter.