Gallery: Living Biofilters Could Use Bacteria to Help Manage Methane Em...


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Just ask any dairy farmer, climate scientist, or landfill site director about methane emissions, and they will tell you they are a serious challenge to manage. Methane is about 25 times more potent than CO2 as a contributing greenhouse gas, and it’s released from natural gas extraction, decomposing garbage, and agricultural practices. In an effort to capture methane and keep it out of the atmosphere, scientists from the University of Calgary plan to test and deploy biofilters that that reduce low-methane emissions with the help of bacteria.

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  1. msyin June 7, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Can’t we use methane as a fuel source? Why don’t we tap it use it to power large structures or refine it for later use? Every dump should be off grid and selling the methane they capture to power generators in their local area.

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