Accidents at Nord Stream could trigger the largest methane release in history – UN

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Nord Stream accidents could trigger largest methane release in history, — UN

Current pollution in the Baltic Sea is greater than the leak in the Gulf of Mexico, which spilled about 100 metric tons of methane daily .

Accidents at the Russian pipelines “Nord streams” could probably provoke the largest methane release in the history of the planet. Acting spoke about this in an interview with Reuters. Head of the International Monitoring of Methane Emissions of the UN Environment Program Manfredi Caltagirone.

According to him, after the accidents at the Nord Stream pipelines, experts recorded a huge plume of highly concentrated methane, which is damaging the environment.

< p>A top UN official suggested that the state of emergency at Russian facilities could be the largest greenhouse gas emission ever recorded in the history of the planet.

“This is really bad, most likely this is the largest emission event in the history of mankind. This is not useful at a time when we urgently need to reduce emissions,” Caltagirone said, commenting on the accidents on Russian pipelines.

Researchers, analyzing satellite images from the scene of incidents, cannot yet name the exact amount of methane that seeps from damaged pipes. At the same time, according to the UN, the current pollution of the Baltic Sea is stronger than the leak in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico, as a result of which about 100 metric tons of methane were spilled daily.

According to Caltagirone, whatever the cause of the Nord Stream accidents, damage to pipelines is a serious problem that goes beyond energy security.

Emergency in the Gulf of Mexico – methane leak at a large Pemex field

In early September 2021, an accident occurred in the Gulf of Mexico at a large Pemex field. Satellite imagery showed an oil spill, the origin of which was initially unknown. Local media claimed that the accident happened on an underwater pipeline, as a result of which the oil slick stretched for 20 km along the coast.

A few months later, the European Space Agency presented a report on the emergency in the Gulf of Mexico. Experts have come to the conclusion that the Mexican state oil company Petroleos Mexicanos is guilty of releasing thousands of tons of methane gas into the atmosphere. In 17 days, an amount of greenhouse gas equivalent to 3.37 million tons of carbon dioxide entered the atmosphere from the area of ​​the oil and gas platform.

Commenting on the emergency at Nord Stream, Bloomberg warned that a methane leak could provoke a major climate change. disaster on earth. Due to the lack of containment mechanisms, almost all gas has leaked out of Russian pipelines in the near future.

The 700-meter circle of methane after the Nord Stream accidents is visible even from space. NATO does not rule out that the emergency on Russian gas pipelines could have occurred as a result of planned sabotage.