09 Sep '11, 10pm

Reliance on Unconventional Gas is No Good for Climate, Says Scientist Tom Wigley

A partial shift from coal to unconventional gas on a worldwide scale will continue to accelerate climate change for a significant amount of time, according to Tom Wigley of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR ). An increased reliance on gas would eventually reverse the warming trend but would only decelerate climate change by a few tenths of a degree. According to Wigley’s findings, that miniscule change will only feasibly occur sometime between 2050 and 2140, depending on the severity of fugitive methane from gas drilling, processing, and transport operations. Tom Wrigley, senior research associate at NCAR , is due to publish these findings next month in the peer-reviewed journal Climatic Change Letters . The journal recently received significant attention on this topic after publishing the striking findings of Professors Robert Howarth and Anthony Ingraffe...

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