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Coal extraction emits large amounts of methane

China is the world’s largest emitter of methane emissions from the energy sector. Emissions of the greenhouse gas leaking from China’s coal mining operations had a greenhouse gas effect comparable to that of global shipping last year. This is according to a study by the International Energy Agency. The study found that the People’s Republic accounts for just over one-fifth of global methane emissions from the energy sector. According to the IEA, there are “significant opportunities” to minimize methane emissions from coal production. This greenhouse gas has contributed to 30 percent of global climate change. Methane does have an average lifetime of only 12.4 years in the atmosphere. But it is 25 times more harmful than carbon dioxide.

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