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Revealed: the 1,200 big methane leaks from waste dumps trashing the planet

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🗞️ Driving the news: Over 1,000 significant methane leaks from landfill sites have been identified globally since 2019, heavily impacting climate targets
• Analysis of satellite data highlights South Asia, Argentina, and Spain as major contributors

🔭 The context: Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is emitted from landfills due to the decomposition of organic waste
• It traps significantly more heat than CO2, underscoring the urgency in addressing these emissions

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: Landfill methane emissions pose a severe threat to climate goals, with potential to double by 2050
• Immediate action could significantly reduce global heating effects

⏭️ What's next: International efforts aim to cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030
• Strategies include reducing organic waste, diverting it from landfills, or capturing methane emissions

💬 One quote: "Cutting methane is the only solution to meet the global 1.5C temperature target," (Carlos Silva Filho, President of the International Solid Waste Association)

📈 One stat: A total of 1,256 methane super-emitter events were recorded between January 2019 and June 2023

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