Methane, the silent killer

What's the big deal about methane?

Methane is a super pollutant greenhouse gas, 86 times stronger than carbon dioxide over a 20 year period. Responsible for a third of global heating to date, methane is turbocharging the climate crisis towards global boiling. This threatens our lives and livelihoods, our communities and precious places.

Methane's short term potency is also an opportunity. Slashing methane emissions as quickly as possible is the fastest way to slow global heating. The UN estimates that human caused methane emissions could be reduced by 45% within the decade. This would stop nearly 0.3°C of global warming by 2045, helping limit global temperature rise to 1.5˚C.

Frequently Asked Questions

Click on the headings to read more about how harmful methane can be.

expand_circle_down How does methane relate to fossil fuels?

expand_circle_down But what about burping cows? And rice?

expand_circle_down Does it affect my health?

expand_circle_down What can our governments do now?

expand_circle_down What can fossil fuel corporations do now?

What can I do?

With communities already feeling the effects of extreme weather, global heating can feel too enormous to address in our lifetimes. It’s not!

Slashing methane emissions as quickly as possible is the fastest way to slow global warming, buying us time while we make urgent changes to reduce Australia’s emissions to zero.

Cutting pollution from an intense greenhouse gas brings powerful results. Get active!

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    Send an email to the Minister for Climate and Energy, Chris Bowen, asking him to act now on fugitive methane emissions from coal and gas