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.

With the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act in the U.S., cutting methane emissions has never been more urgent — and possible. 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 pollution 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 methane 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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