The United States has just signed with 13 other countries a protocol to reduce methane emissions by 2015. To achieve this, the industrialized states will have to help the poorest to set up efficient technologies for collecting greenhouse gas emissions, particularly in coal mines and on oil and gas fields. The US administration estimates 53 $ 5 as part of the cost of this initiative.
The goal is to capture, within ten years, no less than 9 million tonnes of methane per year, which can be sold as a source of energy. Industrialists and environmentalists welcome this agreement, including major broadcasting nations like China and India. But some openly regret the refusal of the White House to ratify the Kyoto Protocol
attacks the main cause of the greenhouse effect, carbon dioxide (CO2). Indeed, the share of methane in this phenomenon is only 16% against more than 60% for CO2. The other signatories are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Colombia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, the United Kingdom, Russia and Ukraine. NYT 17 / 11 / 04 (US and 13 other states agree to push to gather methane)