Global Energy Monitor: Coal mine methane emissions exceed those from oil or gas

The world’s coal mines emit 52.3 million tonnes of methane per year, according to a new report by Global Energy Monitor (GEM), which is greater than annual emissions from oil (39 million tonnes) or gas (45 million tonnes). A slate of new coal mine projects currently under development would further emit 11.3 million tonnes of methane per year if the projects proceed as planned, and would effectively lock in new emissions equivalent to the coal-based CO2 emissions of the United States.

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