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Pakistan Landfill Confirms Methane Leaks, Blames Higher Dumping

The lack of infrastructure to trap and burn the super-warming gas contributes to climate change.

Landfills produce methane when garbage breaks down in the absence of oxygen.

Photographer: Noemi Cassanelli/AFP/Getty Images 

The operator of a giant landfill in Lahore, Pakistan, said higher-than-average waste dumping contributed to releases of super-potent greenhouse gases from the site earlier this year.

There were multiple reasons for abnormally high leaks in July and August, according to Muhammad Saad, senior manager of the Lahore Waste Management Co., which operates the Lakhodair landfill in the northeast part of the city. Among them were offal being dumped after the Eid al-Adha holiday at the end of July.