Kayrros’s Satellite-Based Methane Emissions Data: Four Things to Know

Kayrros, a satellite data analytics firm, recently published research analyzing trends in methane emissions as observed from space. Kayrros’s report claims that U.S. methane emissions show a concerning “risk of significantly increasing” in 2022 following drops during COVID-19.

Media coverage of the study drew broader conclusions. The Washington Post ran a story on the research titled “World pledged to cut methane. Emissions rising instead, study finds.”

While the research findings are interesting, and the data collection method used has great potential to measure future methane leaks, the findings are far too narrow to justify broad claims about worldwide methane emissions.

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