COP28 is making headlines. Here’s why the focus on methane matters

We’re not meeting the Paris Agreement goals, and methane is a big reason why


Landfills are one of the main human sources of methane to the atmosphere.

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This year’s United Nations’ annual climate summit, dubbed COP28, is making a lot of headlines — not something I would have found myself writing a few years ago.

One reason for COP’s higher profile is a growing sense of urgency to take stronger action to reduce humans’ fossil fuel emissions and mitigate the looming climate crisis.