By Niina Heikkinen, ClimateWire, via Scientific American.
U.S. EPA said yesterday it will for the first time regulate existing sources of methane from the oil and gas industry.
The announcement came as part of a new joint U.S.-Canada pact to cut domestic emissions of the potent greenhouse gas (Greenwire, March 10). Both countries agreed to reduce emissions from the oil and gas sector by 40 to 45 percent below 2012 levels by 2025.
Scientists and environmentalists praised the decision as an important step toward reducing U.S. emissions and meeting America’s pledge toward the global climate accord struck last year in Paris.