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Methane Plumes Spotted Near Central Asia Pipes to China, Russia

Severe releases of the greenhouse gas were spotted by satellite over Turkmenistan, a global methane hotspot.

Clouds of methane detected over western and eastern Turkmenistan from January 2019 to present. 

Clouds of methane detected over western and eastern Turkmenistan from January 2019 to present. 

Kayrros SAS

Powerful plumes of the super-potent greenhouse gas methane were detected by satellite late last month in Turkmenistan, near production fields and pipelines that transport natural gas to China and Russia.

The former Soviet Republic is the largest pipeline gas supplier to China and a global methane hotspot, with satellite observations the last few years showing severe emissions near oil and gas infrastructure in the country’s western and eastern regions. Methane has more than 80 times the short-term warming impact of carbon dioxide.