Thursday, 20 January, 2022
TopicMethane

Topic: Methane

What is the ‘Global Methane Pledge’ that 103 countries signed at COP26

Pledge to cut methane emissions by at least 30% by 2030 was signed at COP26. Methane is the second biggest contributor to global warming. India didn't sign the pledge.

The quickest way to mitigate global warming? Scientists say to reduce methane before CO2

Although less abundant, Methane contains more than 80 times the global warming potential of CO2 over a 20-year period.

Gene-editing experiment conducted in space for first time, paves way for crucial research

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

‘Very interested’ in strong US-India energy partnership, says US Energy Secretary Granholm

Jennifer M Granholm expressed her interest in partnering with India through technologies that eliminate and reduce methane from natural gas pipelines, production, and combustion.

This startup reduced time taken to compost food from 2 years to 24 hours

Conventional methods can often take between six and 24 months to produce compost that’s ready to grow plants.

Feeding cows seaweed daily can sharply reduce their contribution to climate change

There are roughly 1 billion cattle around the world, so reducing enteric methane is an effective way to cut overall emissions.

Amazon rainforest is now actually making planet warmer, finds first study of its kind

The study analyses existing data about rainforests and climate change, and attributes natural as well as human factors to increased emissions from the rainforest.

‘Missing’ supermassive black hole in distant galaxy leaves scientists perplexed

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week.

Now, a satellite to monitor culprits releasing harmful methane into the atmosphere

Iris — a microwave-sized gadget set to be launched into orbit from French Guiana this weekend— will track methane released from oil and gas wells, coal mines, power plants among others.

Alabama school student names NASA’s first Mars helicopter, a 2-kg, solar-powered craft

ScientiFix, our weekly feature, offers you a summary of the top global science stories of the week, with links to their sources.

On Camera

YourTurn

Reserve Bank of India building in Mumbai | Photographer: Kanishka Sonthalia | Bloomberg

Exotic forex derivatives make comeback in India as RBI pushes to deepen markets

RBI allowed lenders to offer derivative products this month. Banks like ICICI Bank & Axis Bank sold barrier forex options to customers including Reliance Industries & Supreme Petrochem.

Defence

File photo of IAF drone seen flying in Leh on 18 Nov 2020 | ANI

Indian firm gets foothold in prized global ‘kamikaze’ and armed drones market

Global demand for loitering munition & armed drones saw a jump after Azerbaijan was able to defeat superior Armenian armed forces in 2020 with the help of these systems.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Read my lips, I’m hurting, says Pakistan’s National Security Policy. What it means for India

The new policy is mostly chaff, but it reveals the most inward-looking Pakistan in 3 decades. It needs breathing space, and is realising loss of stature and friendship with US.
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