Methane blob goes under microscope

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Methane blob goes under microscope

Study probes cloud over region’s skies
Climate expert Gabrielle Petron, center, with the University of Colorado, will be in a special NOAA mobile methane lab taking air-quality samples in La Plata and Montezuma counties the next two weeks. She is with her students, Ingrid Mielke-Maday and Eryka Thorley, in front of a NOAA mobile methane lab.
Colleen Cooley of Dine Cares, a Navajo environmental group, asks a question during a science forum on methane Friday at San Juan College, in Farmington. In the foreground, Tom Singer, of the Western Environmental Law Center, takes notes.
The Four Corners area, in red, left, is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher. In a new look at methane from space, the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah jump out in glowing red with about 1.3 million pounds of methane a year. That’s about 80 percent more than the EPA figured and traps more heat than all the carbon dioxide produced yearly in Sweden.

Methane blob goes under microscope

Climate expert Gabrielle Petron, center, with the University of Colorado, will be in a special NOAA mobile methane lab taking air-quality samples in La Plata and Montezuma counties the next two weeks. She is with her students, Ingrid Mielke-Maday and Eryka Thorley, in front of a NOAA mobile methane lab.
Colleen Cooley of Dine Cares, a Navajo environmental group, asks a question during a science forum on methane Friday at San Juan College, in Farmington. In the foreground, Tom Singer, of the Western Environmental Law Center, takes notes.
The Four Corners area, in red, left, is the major U.S. hot spot for methane emissions in this map showing how much emissions varied from average background concentrations from 2003-2009 (dark colors are lower than average; lighter colors are higher. In a new look at methane from space, the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah jump out in glowing red with about 1.3 million pounds of methane a year. That’s about 80 percent more than the EPA figured and traps more heat than all the carbon dioxide produced yearly in Sweden.
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