According to IPCC estimates, by the end of this century the global average temperature will increase between 1.5°C and 4.5°C relative to the average of the 1880’s. Outcomes from such a temperature rise can be a higher chance of extreme weather events, crop shortages, and an elevated sea level due to the melting Antarctic ice sheet.
The impact that methane will have on the planet within the next 100 years is worse than previously thought. It was previously estimated that methane had 21 times the warming potential as carbon dioxide, but in 2013 this number was recalculated by the IPPC to be 62% higher, at 34 times.
The impacts are even greater if we look within a 20 year time frame. Many scientists believe that this is all we have left.
Read the full report report to learn more about “Why Methane Matters.”