As Carbon Recedes Due to Virus, Methane Will Likely Increase

With oil and gas companies putting off scheduled pipeline maintenance, early detection of leaks is more important than ever. The travel restrictions and economic unraveling triggered by the coronavirus have led to an unprecedented drop in carbon emissions worldwide. That may feel like a rare bit of silver lining—and yet climate advocates aren’t celebrating. Many are worried about an uptick in emissions of the lesser-known greenhouse gas: methane.

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