Global warming gas methane exceeds government estimates, new study contends

February 13, 2014 7:14 PM

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But even with the current leaks, burning natural gas instead of coal is producing less heat-trapping gas and will slow the rate of climate change over 100 years , the researchers said in their study, published in the current issue of the journal Science.

They also determined that the controversial practice of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, for gas trapped in rock formations is “unlikely to be a dominant contributor” to total methane emissions.

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