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Abandoned oil and gas wells are contributing to climate change

Abandoned oil and gas wells can contribute to climate change. When abandoned and left unplugged, wells can emit methane, a potent greenhouse gas, into the atmosphere. Methane is estimated to have a global warming potential over 80 times greater than carbon dioxide over a 20-year time frame. Abandoned oil and gas wells can emit methane […]


Greenhouse Gasses and their Role in Global Warming

Greenhouse gases are gases that trap heat within the Earth’s atmosphere. They include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, and fluorinated gases. These gases have been accumulating in the atmosphere since the Industrial Revolution, primarily as a result of human activities such as burning fossil fuels, deforestation, and agriculture. The accumulation of greenhouse gases in the […]


A Brief History of Carbon Offsets

Carbon offsets have a relatively short history, with the concept first gaining widespread attention in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The idea behind carbon offsets is to create a market-based approach to addressing climate change by allowing individuals and organizations to invest in projects that reduce or remove carbon emissions from the atmosphere. The […]


Methane and How it Contributes to Climate Change

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas that is primarily composed of carbon and hydrogen atoms. It is colorless and odorless, and is produced through natural and human activities, such as livestock digestion, oil and gas production, and landfills. Methane is a major contributor to climate change. Although it makes up a smaller proportion of atmospheric […]


Individual Action Remains Necessary Complement to Excellent New Policy Initiatives

In the United States recent weeks have seen promising policy breakthroughs at both the federal and state levels of government.  Receiving the most attention was the climate response package contained in the Inflation Reduction Act signed into law on August 16.  Though this package was scaled back during the legislative process, and includes some provisions […]


New Data, and Unprecedented Weather Events, Tell the Same Alarming Story

While the summer of 2022 saw some positive developments when it comes to governmental climate policies, weather patterns and their toll on everyday life have been grim. The data patterns are described comprehensively in the highly-regarded annual State of the Climate report released at the end of August.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s instructive […]


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