Improving monitoring in the shale gas industry

A methane leak on an unprecedented scale in the US highlights the need to accelerate better regulation and monitoring technologies in the UK

Jane Burston, head of climate and environment, National Physical LaboratoryRecent events have once again brought the issue of climate change centre stage. Around the time that the Paris Agreement set a target of limiting global temperature increase to below 2ÂșC, the largest recorded methane leak was in full flow. Beginning in October 2015 and only being plugged in February, it released more than 94,000 tonnes of a highly potent greenhouse gas into the Californian atmosphere.

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