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Underestimated methane emissions

  • Martino E. Malerba
  • Tertius de Kluyver
  • Peter I. Macreadie


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  • * Accounting for methane
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  • To prevent floods from becoming disasters, social vulnerability must be integrated into flood risk management. This Comment advocates that the welfare of different societal groups should be included by adding recovery capacity, impacts of beyond-design events, and distributional impacts.

    • Karin M. de Bruijn
    • Bramka A. Jafino
    • Tina Comes
    Comment Open Access
  • Methane is a potent greenhouse gas emitted by both human activity and the natural environment. Due to its relatively short atmospheric lifetime, controlling methane emissions is increasingly recognised as a powerful climate mitigation strategy.

    • Joshua F. Dean
    Comment Open Access
  • Indigenous food systems ensure ecological and socio-economic sustainability but remain marginalized in science and policy. We argue that better documentation, deeper understanding, and political recognition of indigenous knowledge can help transform food systems.

    • Dhanya Vijayan
    • David Ludwig
    • Katharina Löhr
    Comment Open Access
  • Rapid warming of coastal waters in the Northwest Atlantic is affecting local fisheries and ecosystems. Our article revealed the role of the Gulf Stream in this warming, thereby helping to define environmental management in New England and inspiring students in Brazil.

    • Afonso Gonçalves Neto
    Comment Open Access
  • The floating ice shelves around Antarctica are key to buttressing land-based ice. Observations, simulations and analyses from around Antarctica now identify mechanisms that lead to basal melting of these vulnerable shelves.

    • Ariaan Purich
    Comment Open Access
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Accounting for methane

Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas. Sources of emissions include both human activity, such as natural gas leakage and rearing livestock, and natural environments, such as wetlands. This Collection explores the processes that influence methane emissions across a range of settings in the natural environment and how we can improve methane accounting associated with human activities to, ultimately, mitigate anthropogenic emissions.
  • Communications Earth & Environment
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