Artist's rendering of MethaneSAT, a methane-detecting satellite, above Earth

Methane pollution causes 25% of today’s global warming

Cutting methane pollution from the oil and gas industry is the fastest way to slow climate change.

EDF is taking the reins:

  • Our groundbreaking studies put methane on the map, revealing emissions from oil and gas production to be 60% higher than the EPA’s estimate.
  • We partnered with Google Earth Outreach to get utilities and companies to find and fix methane leaks.
  • And we’re the only environmental organization building a satellite to track methane emissions worldwide.

Why methane matters: We can’t solve the climate emergency without addressing methane. Here’s why.

Methane by the numbers

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    How much more potent methane is than carbon dioxide in the near term

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    Cost of wasted gas emitted per year, enough to fuel 10 million homes

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    Amount of methane reductions the oil and gas industry can achieve using technologies available today, two-thirds of it at no net cost

Our experts

We bring wide-ranging perspectives and skills to our work on methane. Meet some of the people who make it happen.


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Staff perspective

By emitting even just a little bit of methane, humankind is greatly accelerating the rate of climate change.

Steven Hamburg

Chief Scientist

Media contact

Lauren Whittenberg

(512) 691-3437 (office)

(512) 784-2161 (mobile)

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