A Cornell University Professor wants to spread his warning over methane emissions to Ireland.
Dr. Howarth, Professor of Ecology and Environmental Biology, Cornell University, appeals to us to get their message out in Ireland after publication of a recent report.
Dr Howarth said, “An important conclusion was that given ANY of the published methane estimates, the greenhouse gas footprint of shale gas is worse than that of coal, when viewed at the integrated time of 0-20 years following emission, and using the latest science on the global warming potential of methane compared to carbon dioxide.”
This paper is freely available at :http://www.eeb.cornell.edu/howarth/Howarthetal2012_Final.pdf.
He warns people that “It is critical that global methane emissions be reduced immediately, or else the planet faces a high danger of reaching critical point temperatures within the next 15 to 35 years, leading to uncontrollable further global warming”
The paper, published in April 2011 in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, was the very first comprehensive analysis of the greenhouse gas footprint of shale gas; it stresses the uncertainties, and calls for more direct research on methane emissions.