Natural gas: Local leaks impact global climate

EDF and Google Earth Outreach use new approach to pinpoint climate pollution

Natural gas heats our homes and cooks our dinner. But when natural gas—mostly methane—leaks into the air, it’s a big problem for the climate. So EDF and Google Earth Outreach teamed up to build a faster, cheaper way to find and assess leaks under our streets and sidewalks. We tested it as part of a pilot mapping program, and here’s what we found.

Boston: Older pipes, more leaks

Indianapolis: Newer pipes, fewer leaks

Chicago, IL

Added: June 4, 2015

LA Area, CA

Updated: February 19, 2016

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