Bakken Oil Field emitting roughly 2% of Earth's ethane, says new report 2 May 2016

Bakken Oil Field emitting roughly 2% of Earth's ethane, says new report

New research in Geophysical Research Letters and partially funded by CPO's AC4 program found that the Bakken Formation, an oil and gas field in North Dakota and Montana, is responsible for roughly 2 percent of the globe's ethane--about 250,000 tons per year. 

NOAA and partners report the largest methane leak in U.S. history in a joint study 4 March 2016

NOAA and partners report the largest methane leak in U.S. history in a joint study

A joint-study conducted between NOAA and other partners reports that the Aliso Canyon natural gas leak in Los Angeles, California produced the largest methane leak in U.S. history.

Emissions from thawing permafrost add trillions in economic impacts 1 October 2015

Emissions from thawing permafrost add trillions in economic impacts

Work supported by CPO's AC4 program found that the effects of melting permafrost in the Arctic could cost $43 trillion in extra economic damage by the end of the next century, on top of the more than the $300 trillion economic damage already predicted.

Efficiency of short-lived halogens at influencing climate through depletion of stratospheric ozone 3 March 2015

Efficiency of short-lived halogens at influencing climate through depletion of stratospheric ozone

As another example of NOAA’s ongoing atmospheric measurements providing an early warning system to ensure sustainable development on global scales, a new study co-authored by Stephen Montzka of ESRL and supported by the CPO/AC4 program has found that atmospheric concentrations of chlorinated hydrocarbon (dichloromethane) gas have increased by a factor of 2 since the late 1990s throughout the globe.

Impacts of upwind wildfire emissions on CO, CO2, and PM2.5 concentrations in Salt Lake City, Utah 26 January 2015

Impacts of upwind wildfire emissions on CO, CO2, and PM2.5 concentrations in Salt Lake City, Utah

New research supported by CPO's AC4 program was just published online in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres.
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