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New Report Highlights Solutions to Methane's Impact on Human Health Across Sectors


Rockville, Md. - August 30, 2023 ( Newswire) A new report identifies top opportunities to reduce methane emissions in the energy, waste, and agriculture sectors to improve human health. Capable of heating the environment 80 times more than carbon dioxide, methane is an enormous contributor to the climate crisis and rising respiratory and cancer-related deaths, among other health impacts. The report, Mitigating Methane: A Global Health Strategy-produced by Abt Associates on behalf of the Global Climate and Health Alliance (GCHA)- surveyed top literature and experts to create a comprehensive guide that identifies methane's health impacts by sector and opportunities for the health community to reduce emissions at international, national, and local levels within each sector.

Methane accounts for 30 percent of the current rise in global warming. It worsens air quality by contributing to the creation of ground-level ozone, a toxic air pollutant that causes more than 1 million respiratory deaths in adults each year. Half of the methane in the atmosphere is the result of human activity, and 95 percent of that comes from one of three sectors: energy, agriculture, and waste. While methane's ubiquity and potency are alarming, those same characteristics make it a relatively easy target to reduce global temperatures in the short-term as humanity works to address the longer-term impact of C02.

"Methane's effects on the environment are extensive and well understood," said Amanda Quintana, Climate and Health Technical Lead, co-author, and project director for Abt Associates. "What we need now is to mobilize the health community and help people understand that, because methane has both indirect and direct impacts on human health, there are direct health benefits to reducing methane emissions, both in the short- and long-term."

"Every leakage of fossil methane brings with it dangerous co-pollutants," added Dr. Jeni Miller, Executive Director of GCHA. "Implementing well-chosen strategies to mitigate methane emissions provides great opportunities to reduce the health impacts of air pollution, unhealthy foods, and noxious and toxic leaching from waste sites."

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Abt Associates is a global consulting and research firm that combines data and bold thinking to improve the quality of people's lives. We partner with clients and communities to advance equity and innovation-from creating scalable digital solutions and combatting infectious disease, to mitigating climate change and evaluating programs for measurable social impact-and more.

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