Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • Comment
  • Published:

Methane removal and atmospheric restoration

Matters Arising to this article was published on 23 March 2020

Zeolites and other technologies should be evaluated and pursued for reducing methane concentrations in the atmosphere from 1,860 ppb to preindustrial levels of ~750 ppb. Such a goal of atmospheric restoration provides a positive framework for change at a time when climate action is desperately needed.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Relevant articles

Open Access articles citing this article.

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Fig. 1: A hypothetical industrial array oxidizing CH4 to CO2.

Image by Stan Coffman


  1. Le Quéré, C. et al. Earth Syst. Sci. Data 10, 405–448 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  2. van Vuuren, D. P. et al. Nat. Clim. Change 8, 391–397 (2018).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  3. Tavoni, M. & Socolow, R. Clim. Change 118, 1–14 (2013).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  4. Jackson, R. B. et al. Environ. Res. Lett. 12, 110201 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  5. Etminan, M., Myhre, G., Highwood, E. J. & Shine, K. P. Geophys. Res. Lett. 43, 12614–12623 (2016).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  6. Saunois, M. et al. Earth Syst. Sci. Data 8, 697–751 (2016).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  7. Jackson, R. B. & Salzman, J. Issues Sci. Technol. 26, 67–76 (2010).

    Google Scholar 

  8. Boucher, O. & Folberth, G. A. Atmos. Environ. 44, 3343–3345 (2010).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  9. Cargnello, M. et al. Science 337, 713–717 (2012).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  10. Kim, J. et al. Nat. Commun. 4, 1694 (2013).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  11. Snyder, B. E. R. et al. Nature 536, 317–321 (2016).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  12. Tomkins, P., Ranocchiari, M. & van Bokhoven, J. A. Acc. Chem. Res. 50, 418–425 (2017).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  13. Dubkov, K. A. et al. J. Mol. Catal. A. 123, 155–161 (1997).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  14. Dinh, K. T. et al. ACS Catal. 8, 8306–8313 (2018).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  15. Bracco, S. et al. J. Mater. Chem. A 5, 10328–10337 (2017).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  16. de_Richter, R., Ming, T., Davies, P., Liu, W. & Caillol, S. Prog. Energy Combust. Sci. 60, 68–96 (2017).

    Article  Google Scholar 

  17. World Energy Outlook 2017 (International Energy Agency, 2017);

  18. Ming, T., de_Richter, R., Shen, S. & Caillol, S. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 23, 6119–6138 (2016).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  19. Konsolakis, M. ACS Catal. 5, 6397–6421 (2015).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

  20. Tsai, M.-L. et al. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 136, 3522–3529 (2014).

    Article  CAS  Google Scholar 

Download references


This Comment is a contribution of the Global Carbon Project ( We acknowledge support for general research on methane from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (GBMF5439; R.B.J. and J.G.C.), the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative (R.B.J., M.C.), US National Science Foundation (CHE-1660611; E.I.S.), and the Australian National Environmental Science Program – Earth Systems and Climate Change Hub (J.G.C.). We also acknowledge H. M. Rhoda and S. Coffman for assistance with the manuscript and artwork, respectively.

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to R. B. Jackson.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Jackson, R.B., Solomon, E.I., Canadell, J.G. et al. Methane removal and atmospheric restoration. Nat Sustain 2, 436–438 (2019).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:

This article is cited by


Quick links

Nature Briefing Microbiology

Sign up for the Nature Briefing: Microbiology newsletter — what matters in microbiology research, free to your inbox weekly.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing: Microbiology