Warmists Surprised That Landfills Are Bad For Global Heating

Well, gee wiz, sparky, way to come up with new information. The NY Times seems about 30 years behind

‘Garbage Lasagna’: Dumps Are a Big Driver of Warming, Study Says

climate cowThey’re vast expanses that can be as big as towns: open landfills where household waste ends up, whether it’s vegetable scraps or old appliances.

These landfills also belch methane, a powerful, planet-warming gas, on average at almost three times the rate reported to federal regulators, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Science.

The study measured methane emissions at about 20 percent of about 1,200 large, operating landfills in the United States. It adds to a growing body of evidence that landfills are a significant driver of climate change, said Riley Duren, founder of the public-private partnership Carbon Mapper, who took part in the study.

“We’ve largely been in the dark, as a society, about actual emissions from landfills,” said Mr. Duren, a former NASA engineer and scientist. “This study pinpoints the gaps.”

Huh what? The first few UN IPCC reports noted that landfills were a driver due to their release of methane, which doesn’t last as long in the atmosphere but are considerably more potent that CO2, and do not suffer from the doubling effect of CO2. How many times have I mentioned landfills over the years? I knew this before I switched from being a believer in manmade global warming to being a Skeptic, and it’s part of why I say that man does play a part in elevating the temperature of the Earth from a global perspective, along with a few other things, but, not more than 25%.

For the new study, scientists gathered data from airplane flyovers using a technology called imaging spectrometers designed to measure concentrations of methane in the air. Between 2018 and 2022, they flew planes over 250 sites across 18 states, about 20 percent of the nation’s open landfills.

And this is something Man can do something about, and landfills have been working over the last 30 years to reduce methane emissions as well as capturing them.

“The waste sector clearly is going to be a critical part of society’s ambition to slash methane emissions,” said Mr. Duren of Carbon Mapper. “We’re not going to meet the global methane pledge targets just by slashing oil and gas emissions.”

And their solutions will be government tyranny.

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3 Responses to “Warmists Surprised That Landfills Are Bad For Global Heating”

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  2. Elwood P. Dowd says:

    What was surprising, as described in the study published yesterday in the journal Science, was the AMOUNT of methane originating from the landfills.

    This sounds like a chance to cheaply capture natural gas and use it! But the anti-sciencists like Mr Teach fail to consider that.

    Mr Teach takes credit for this finding. Perhaps he should sue the authors for stealing his ideas.

    We can’t believe that Mr Teach didn’t point out the hypocrisy of the scientists in using airplanes (hello!) to gather the data!!

  3. JimS says:

    T have heard of landfills being tapped for their methane…. so… burn the methane converting it from a potent “greenhouse gas” to a less potent form (co2). Sounds like a green plan to me. 🙂

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