Methane is a flammable gas that is the major component of natural gas. Methane is drilled from shale plays across the country, carried through a network of pipelines, and burned for energy and cooking. Other sources of methane include cattle and landfills.
Methane is a powerful heat-trapping gas that is a significant contributor to climate change. In the decade after its release into the atmosphere, it is more than 80 times more efficient at trapping heat compared to carbon dioxide.
How does methane affect our health?
Although not harmful in and of itself, the release of methane into the atmosphere is polluting our climate, and is a grave global health threat. Reducing methane emissions is essential to fighting climate change — and safeguarding the health and future of our children.
What you can do.
Learn more about how methane contributes to climate change by exploring our resources. Support state and national efforts to limit methane pollution from the oil and gas industry.