Methane harms ozone layer 80 times more than Carbon dioxide

Methane harms ozone layer 80 times more than Carbon dioxide

  Methane is a chemical compound with the chemical formula CH4 (one atom of carbon and four atoms of hydrogen). It is a group-14 hydride and the simplest alkane, and is the main constituent of natural gas. Also Read: Top 10 Ways To Contribute To Society

Methane is emitted by natural sources such as wetlands, as well as human activities such as leakage from natural gas systems and the raising of livestock. Natural processes in soil and chemical reactions in the atmosphere help remove CH4 from the atmosphere. See Also: WorldVentures: Meet Kenyan, 77, turning her travel dreams into reality

Methane emissions get produced wherever there are fossil fuels. It gets released whenever fossil fuels get extracted from the earth. Whether it is natural gas (which is in most part methane), coal or petroleum.Related Read:Human Impact to Environment: Kenya ranks ranks fifth

Methane is up to 80 times more powerful than carbon dioxide in terms of its warming effects on our planet. It forms the smog we see in our cities, causing respiratory illness and harming crops. Black carbon contributes significantly to global warming in the near-term, with regional and local climate impacts.

Over 80% of cities exceed WHO guidelines for safe air.

Nearly everyone is impacted by air pollution, especially the most vulnerable with 9 out of 10 deaths from air pollution occurring in low- and middle-income countries.See Link: Set for Take off – Kenya’s Agriculture Sector Ready for Increased Investments

We may not always see it, but air pollution is the silent cause of some of our most common illnesses.

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Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) are among those pollutants most linked with both health effects and near-term warming of the planet. They persist in the atmosphere for as little as a few days or up to a few decades, so reducing them can have an almost immediate health and climate benefits for those living in places where levels fall
Forms when emissions of methane, nitrogen oxides and other “precursor” pollutants from industry, traffic, waste and energy production interact in the presence of sunlight.

A major factor in respiratory illness and has been shown to decrease crop yields, spurring food security challenges and poor nutrition.

Methane depletes in a few days, but traces can remain for 1–2 months, acting as climate warming agents. Reductions can help prevent climate change impacts. Read Also:Top 10 tourist destinations to visit in Kenya