Wetlands are a major source of methane emissions • Earth.com

Wetlands are a major source of methane emissions

01-19-2023

Today’s Video of the Day from NASA Goddard features a visual dataset of.methane emissions from wetlands across the globe. Atmospheric methane levels have reached record highs in recent years, and wetlands are a major source of these emissions. 

“Methane is an important greenhouse gas that contributes substantially to global warming. On a molecule by molecule basis, methane is much more efficient at trapping heat than carbon dioxide, the main driver of warming,” says NASA.

“Though human activities, including agriculture, oil and natural gas production and use, and waste disposal, collectively contribute the majority of methane to the atmosphere, about a third of total methane emissions comes from wetlands.” 

According to NASA, understanding methane emissions from wetlands and other natural sources is critically important for scientists and policymakers who are working to combat climate change by reducing emissions from human activities.

Video Credit: NASA Goddard

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Editor

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