New satellite will track elusive methane pollution from oil and gas industry globally

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A privately funded satellite is set to push methane tracking into a new era, once it launches into space on Monday.

A collaborative mission between Environmental Defense Fund, Google, the Government of New Zealand and several other partners, MethaneSAT will track methane emissions around the globe in attempts to identify and quantify sources spewing the climate-heating greenhouse gas. 

For 20 years after its release into the atmosphere, methane gas is 80 times more harmful than carbon dioxide in its ability to increase global temperatures. But currently, the scale of methane pollution is unclear.

“We don’t have a really granular picture on the true amount of methane that’s being

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