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Wed Nov 27, 2013, 02:22 PM

 

Arctic Methane Releases

I need a scientific opinion. Since methane is much worse than carbon dioxide as a green house gas, would it make more sense, if feasible, to burn it off rather than letting it enter the atmosphere?

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/11/131125172113.htm

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sulphurdunn Nov 2013 OP
dipsydoodle Nov 2013 #1
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OnlinePoker Nov 2013 #3
rgbecker Nov 2013 #4
sulphurdunn Nov 2013 #5

Response to sulphurdunn (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 02:27 PM

1. For every kilogram of methane that is burnt, 2.74 kg of carbon dioxide is produced.

So not necessarily a good idea.

Whilst on the subject - as a result of US sanctions the Iranians have been doing exactly that given no other choice. Further contributions by the US to global warming.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 02:37 PM

2. See your point, but

 

isn't methane about 30 times as potent as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide?

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #1)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 02:39 PM

3. Methane traps 34 times the heat that CO2 does

If you "only" produce 2.74 kg of CO2 for every kg of methane, you're ahead by a good percentage on heat retension. Of course, you are also producing heat by burning the methane so I don't know how that factors into the equation.

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Response to sulphurdunn (Original post)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 02:40 PM

4. Time to gather it up, compress it and ship it to me.....

so I could burn it in my wood stove.

WTF? How hard is that?

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Response to rgbecker (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 27, 2013, 02:52 PM

5. I don't know.

 

That's why I asked. What's cleaner to burn wood or methane? I've lived in places that rely on wood for fuel. The forests are consumed much faster than they can regenerate. The consequences are not good.

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