Massachusetts is vastly underestimating the amount of local pollution from methane, the primary component of natural gas and among the most potent of the greenhouse gases that causes climate change, according to the Boston Globe story citing a new National Academy of Sciences study.

The study found six times more methane leaking into the air around the Boston area than the most recent estimate issued three years ago.

“With about 1,800 miles of pipes replaced in recent years in Massachusetts, the authors of the paper say their findings show that far greater amounts of methane are likely coming from stoves, furnaces, boilers, and other household appliances than was previously believed,” writes David Abel.

This post is from the Charles River Regional Chamber.


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