Global share of methane emissions by source 2016

Methane is an organic gas formed by carbon and four hydrogen molecules. It is one of the most harmful greenhouse gases in the short term due to its high warming potential. It can be produced either by natural or anthropogenic (from human activities) processes. As of 2016, around 20 percent of the methane emissions worldwide were produced by fossil fuel-derived processes.

Distribution of methane emissions worldwide as of 2016, by source

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Sources

Release date

July 2019

Region

Worldwide

Survey time period

2016

Supplementary notes

* Natural sources.
** Anthropogenic sources.
*** Other natural sources includes: fresh waters, geologic seepage, wild animals, termites, wildfires, permafrost and vegetation.

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