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China-U.S. Climate Pact Puts Massive Methane Leaks in Crosshairs

  • China coal mines are a major source of the heat-trapping gas
  • U.S. oil and gas industry is also a top emitter of methane
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Everything Left on the Table at COP26

A surprise agreement at the COP26 climate summit between the world’s two largest economies could help curb major sources of a super-heating greenhouse gas.

China and the U.S. vowed to work together to slow global warming at the conference in Glasgow, focusing among other things on tackling methane emissions, a major component of natural gas that traps more than 80 times more heat than carbon dioxide in its first two decades in the atmosphere.