Methane emissions (% change from 1990) | Land Portal | Securing Land Rights Through Open Data

This indicator measures the percentage change in methane (CH4) emissions from 1990 levels. Methane emissions are those stemming from human activities such as agriculture and from industrial methane production. Each year of data shows the percentage change to that year from 1990. The carbon dioxide emissions of a country are only an indicator of one greenhouse gas. For a more complete idea of how a country influences climate change, gases such as methane and nitrous oxide should be taken into account. This is particularly important in agricultural economies. The emissions are usually expressed in carbon dioxide equivalents using the global warming potential, which allows the effective contributions of different gases to be compared. A kilogram of methane is 21 times as effective at trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere as a kilogram of carbon dioxide within 100 years. (Source: http://databank.worldbank.org/data/reports.aspx?source=2&type=metadata&series=EN.ATM.METH.ZG)

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This indicator measures the percentage change in methane (CH4) emissions from 1990 levels.

Measurement unit: 
% change from 1990
Climate Change Indicators
Data provider: 
World Bank Group
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Indicator details

Measurement unit: 
% change from 1990
Best value is: 
Low

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