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Methane, the overlooked greenhouse gas: 5 things to know

COP26 pledge seeks to cut warming contributor more potent than CO2

Methane comes from multiple sources -- from cattle digestion to coal mining to rice cultivation.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- One of the most significant achievements at the ongoing COP26 climate change conference in Glasgow may be the nonbinding Global Methane Pledge (GMP).

Floated by the U.S. and the European Union and first announced in September, the partnership was formally launched on Nov. 2. Over 100 countries committed to major reductions in emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas. The GMP includes two of the top five methane emitters, the U.S. and Brazil, but not China, Russia and India.

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