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‘Mind-boggling’ methane emissions from Turkmenistan revealed

By Damian Carrington

09 May 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

Turkmenistan's fossil-fuel fields leak huge amounts of greenhouse gas every year, the Guardian reports. Frustratingly, the problem could be easily fixed, which would rapidly reduce global heating.

Methane leaks alone from Turkmenistan’s two main fossil fuel fields caused more global heating in 2022 than the entire carbon emissions of the UK, satellite data has revealed.

Emissions of the potent greenhouse gas from the oil- and gas-rich country are “mind-boggling”, and an “infuriating” problem that should be easy to fix, experts have told the Guardian.

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