UN Urges 45% Methane Cut This Decade to Reduce Warming, Protect Health
- May 11, 2021 6:15 am GMTMay 11, 2021 6:02 am GMT
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Countries can and must reduce methane emissions 45% this decade to avoid nearly 0.3°C of additional global warming by 2045, keep a relatively climate-safe future within reach, and prevent 260,000 premature deaths per year, according to a landmark Global Methane Assessment released last week by the Climate and Clear Coalition and the UN Environment Programme.
“Cutting methane is the strongest lever we have to slow climate change over the next 25 years and complements necessary efforts to reduce carbon dioxide,” UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen said in a statement. “The benefits to society, economies, and the environment are numerous and far outweigh the cost,” and “we need international cooperation to urgently reduce methane emissions as much as possible this decade.”