Satellite technology employed to track huge methane plumes

FINANCIAL TIMES 🔒| Huge plumes of methane spewed from energy infrastructure and coal mines at least 790 times last year, according to satellite-based technology that for the first time allows the tracking of major leaks of the gas that is a powerful contributor to climate change.

The ability to measure methane — a potent but invisible greenhouse gas — and pinpoint the exact cause has traditionally been difficult. It is dependent on company disclosures, best-guess industry estimates and localised tracking using ground sensors and specially commissioned aerial surveys with planes and helicopters.

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