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Methane Emissions Threaten to Undermine Natural-Gas Offensive

The grainy black and white photograph taken with an infrared camera shows a smoky haze wafting from a natural gas storage tank.

That cloud is methane escaping, said Philip Swanson, administrator of a United Nations-led industry partnership aimed at curbing leakage of the primary component of natural gas. His presentation at the World Gas Conference in Paris on Tuesday highlighted how the energy being promoted as one of the solutions to fighting climate change is also contributing to the build-up of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.