Note: Post originally published on Sept. 2, 2020
According to recent research conducted by the Scripps Institute at UCSD, these bursts do not significantly add to the greenhouse effect. However, the large volumes of methane released from petroleum wells do.
As the planet warms, we’ll see more methane (CH4) emissions from the ground and oceans. CH4 has up to 80 times the greenhouse effects as CO2.
As the world has become more affluent, more people eat evermore meat. This is not only bad for our cardio-vascular health and cruel to animals raised in factory farms (that produce more greenhouses gases than all forms of fossil fuel-driven transportation combined), it increases the likelihood of producing new strains of bacteria and viruses, some of which result in epidemics and pandemics.