When you think about greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide usually comes to mind. But in reality, methane gas is 25 times more potent than CO2 at trapping heat. So it comes as good news that researchers in Canada are now testing bacteria that can consume methane and release CO2 in its place. According to Energy and Environment News, the bacteria, known as methanotrophs, are found naturally in soil and produce no toxic byproducts in their gas exchange. They are being tested as a way to curb methane emissions from the oil and gas industry in Alberta, and over the long term, a single project could save 1-2 million metric tons of methane. Sounds like another reason to just adore bacteria.
July 4, 2013 by David Rothbard,
David Rothbard is co-founder and President of CFACT.