The Role Methane Plays
Another Greenhouse Gas, Methane, we also need in our environment. Yet it’s over 25 times more powerful than CO2, making it much better at heating specific areas with very little level differences. The problem occurs when it’s just too much. We do have Methane in several natural areas such as in wetlands or marshes. It’s also often found below ground and under the seafloor. Those natural forming areas of methane are usually referred to as Methane Clathrates. You might also see it within arctic ice.
Once methane escapes its captive ice or liquid form, it will then become atmospheric methane. This is the stuff that’ll affect our global air temperatures. Yet methane has increased far more due to being involved in natural gas used in the home, as well as being found in septic tanks or sewers worldwide. Wastewater treatment utilizes methane as well as oil and coal mining on top of this. Behind CO2, the biggest reason for global temperature increases is clearly the overuse of methane.