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7 November, 2016 - 12:21
Mike Peacock

New research using sediments from a Dutch canal has yielded important insights into the anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM).  A group of scientists from the Institute for Water and Wetland Research at Radboud University identified archaea of the order Methanosarcinales as being

6 October, 2016 - 13:32
Mike Peacock

A paper published in Global Biogeochemical Cycles has clarified the importance of different sources contributing to the atmospheric methane burden during 2007-2014.

16 September, 2016 - 13:44
Mike Peacock
6 May, 2016 - 10:04

The European Geosciences Union is one of the largest scientific conferences in the world and between the 17th and 22nd April this year saw 13,650 scientists from 109 countries descend upon Vienna for a week of cutting edge science.

14 April, 2016 - 13:00
Mike Peacock

The European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly 2016 in Vienna will shortly be underway (17th-22nd April). Session BG2.10, “forests and the methane cycle” will be convened by MethaneNet’s director, Vincent Gauci of the Open University, UK.

conference, EGU, trees
14 April, 2016 - 09:07
Mike Peacock
15 June, 2015 - 09:36
Mike Peacock

During the first week of June a workshop took place covering the topic of “Forests and Methane Cycling.”  The meeting was jointly organised by MethaneNet and Mari Pihlatie of th

event, forest, Meeting
24 February, 2015 - 09:59
Mike Peacock

A message from David Bastviken:

18 December, 2014 - 16:38
Mike Peacock

Is there life on Mars?  New data from NASA’s Curiosity rover, published in Science, has energised the debate.&nbs

10 December, 2014 - 18:35
Mike Peacock
24 November, 2014 - 10:58
Mike Peacock

Recent research published in Nature Communications has shed new light on aquatic methane dynamics by demonstrating that methanogenesis occurs at the ecosystem-scale in oxic lake waters. 

10 November, 2014 - 14:15
Mike Peacock

It has been known for some time that permafrost stores a significant proportion of global soil carbon, and that thawing permafrost acts as an atmospheric source of methane and carbon dioxide, thereby creating a positive feedback to climate change. 

5 July, 2014 - 10:32
Mike Peacock

We invite abstract submissions to Natural Wetlands and Open Waters in the Global Methane Cycle:

16 June, 2014 - 13:50

Methane in the earth system – what can we measure, understand and do about recent trends?

By Michelle Cain.

9 May, 2014 - 15:44
Mike Peacock

The Cambridge Centre for Climate Science (CCfCS) is holding an afternoon symposium on the topic of methane in the Earth system.

Time: Thursday 5 June, 2-5pm talks, followed by a poster and networking reception.

5 May, 2014 - 16:06
Mike Peacock
bog, fen, swamp, wetland
21 March, 2014 - 14:21
Mike Peacock

A new paper published in Nature has shed light on the subject of the temperature dependence of methane fluxes measured across three different scales: cultures of methanogens, laboratory sediment incubations, and field measurements.  The meta-analysis considered wetlands (such as pe

12 February, 2014 - 21:04
Mike Peacock
22 November, 2013 - 17:34
Mike Peacock
22 November, 2013 - 16:29
Mike Peacock

Methanenet is now on Facebook.  We hope that the group will provide a space for people to post and discuss methane related papers and news, to talk about new projects and experiments, and to ask for help and advice.  The group can be found at:

5 November, 2013 - 17:22
Mike Peacock

On November 5th, The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM).  If all goes acc

Mars, space
16 October, 2013 - 12:03
Mike Peacock

A review of global methane sources and sinks has recently been published in Nature Geoscience by an international group of scientists.  They attempted to explain decadal changes in atmospheric methane concentrations using a combination of bottom-up and top-down estimates.

20 September, 2013 - 14:24
Mike Peacock

A study published in PNAS has reported new measurements of methane emissions associated with shale gas production sites.  The research included 150 production sites with nearly 500 wells produced through fracking, as well as measurements of 27 “well completion flowbacks”.  After a well is drilled it has to be cleaned of sand and liquids that had been inje

 An aggregation of Lamellibrachia luymesi in the Gulf of Mexico
12 September, 2013 - 11:18
Mike Peacock

A recent paper in Nature Geoscience has reviewed methane dynamics on the ocean floor around cold seeps.  Cold seeps (or cold vents) are caused by tectonic activity and are quite different to the better known hydrothermal vents,

19 July, 2013 - 14:57
Mike Peacock

The UK government has given a huge boost to the fracking industry after announcing tax breaks for onshore shale gas production. The proposal outlines a 30% tax rate, which is approximately half that of new gas operations in the North Sea.

12 July, 2013 - 15:59
Mike Peacock

A new study published in Environmental Science and Technology has shed light on anaerobic oxidation of methane (AOM) in peatlands.  The importance of AOM as a methane sink has been recognised in marine sediments for a number of years, but the process is only poorly understood in peatlands, and has received relatively little attention.

AOM, peat
23 June, 2012 - 14:29
Vincent Gauci

In this TEDx Exeter talk, Peter Cox picks up on material he covered at the recent MethaneNet supported session at Planet Under Pressure in London and also on the principal theme of the December 2011 Methane Hack meeting at the Geological Society of London.  In his own inimitable style, Peter discusses the quick climate gains that can be achieved through reducing methane emissions

Image of Arctic sea ice
16 May, 2012 - 09:01
Gail Riekie

A new set of airborne observations has revealed high methane concentrations in the atmosphere above the Arctic Ocean.

Photos of Euan Monaghan and Mike Peacock
26 March, 2012 - 15:28
Gail Riekie

MethaneNet is delighted to announce TWO winners of the prize for ‘Best Contribution. They are (in alphabetic order):

image of gas sampling
29 February, 2012 - 21:27
Gail Riekie

A recent study by researchers at the NOAA, Boulder, Colorado (1) suggests that the figures used in GHG inventories for methane emissions from oil and gas operations may be significant underestimates.

Image of Wallaby
3 February, 2012 - 13:45
Gail Riekie

The global methane cycle held its breath on 1

coal mine photo
3 February, 2012 - 13:06
Gail Riekie

Actions to combat global warming are frequently cast by climate-change deniers as absurdly expensive, impractical, or unlikely to make any tangible difference in a time-scale meaningful to humans.  However, a comprehensive new study has identified a range of practical and economically viable measures that are shown both to mitigate near-term climate c

Image of air inlet at Zeppelin Station
19 January, 2012 - 15:39
Gail Riekie

When increases in the mixing ratio of methane in the atmosphere are observed, it is useful to know which methane source is contributing to that increase.  A recent paper in Geophysical Research Letters (Fisher et al., 2011) has highlighted how isotope data can help determine the source of atmospheric methane in the Arctic.

1 January, 2012 - 23:25

Posted by Aslam Khalil

Image of mesocosms
24 November, 2011 - 13:33
Gail Riekie

The striking correlation between atmospheric concentrations of CH4 and CO2, as revealed in ice-core records, has long been a source of speculation as it is not immediately obvious why the two should be so closely linked.  A paper by Boardman and co-authors1, published in December’s

image by Grey
16 August, 2011 - 11:18
Gail Riekie

Methane has featured prominently on the pages of the journal Nature in recent weeks.

Image of Victoria regia water lilies in Amazonia
6 July, 2011 - 18:47
Elaine Matthews

We invite submissions to the following AGU session focusing on natural wetlands and their methane emissions.  We encourage regional-to-global scale studies on modeling of wetlands and their methane dynamics, and remote sensing of surface inundation and wetland distribution.

AGU, methane, wetland
Photo of Deepwater Horizon oil slick
2 June, 2011 - 16:20
Gail Riekie

As if there was not already enough controversy surrounding the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, a vigorous debate is now underway in the pages of Science magazine concerning the fate of methane released in the wake of the fatal drilling rig explosion.

Image of poster
20 May, 2011 - 10:28
Gail Riekie

Fans of MethaneNet’s Twitter feed will lately have seen plenty of references to ‘fracking’.  This follows a study published in PNAS (1) in which methane contamination of groundwater is reported in northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York, in areas where gas is being extracted from

photo of meeting particiants
15 April, 2011 - 11:00
Gail Riekie

A Royal Society workshop on the topic of seawater deoxygenation, organised and led by Anthony Cohen and Neil Edwards (both at the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, The Open University), took place at Chicheley Hall, the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, on 11-12 April.  The meeting had additional financial support from MethaneNet

Image of Amazon rainforest
24 February, 2011 - 13:07
Gail Riekie

Polar ice core records show that around 5000 years ago (late Holocene) the concentration of methane in the atmosphere started to rise significantly.  This increase is considered anomalous, in that it coincides with a Early Anthropocene, late Holocene

26 January, 2011 - 10:14
Gail Riekie

A major new study published in Reviews of Geophysics* in December 2010 puts the spotlight on methane emissions from natural sources and asks the question, how might they both affect and be affected by future climate change.

13 January, 2011 - 10:16
Gail Riekie

Competition Announcement:  Best Contribution Prize

We are seeking new contributions for this website from early career methane researchers.

Image of biogas plant
5 October, 2010 - 09:40
Gail Riekie

On 1st October in Mexico City, 38 countries launched a Global Methane Initiative to drive down emissions of this potent greenhouse gas.

27 July, 2010 - 09:26

From Andy Ridgwell, University of Bristol

Dear Methane-philes,

For those of you planning on attending the AGU Fall meeting this
year, please consider submitting to a session (B53) that Mark Maslin
and myself are holding:
"The role of methane hydrates in the Earth system:
`burps of death´ or seductive irrelevance?"

Image of Greenland ice core
23 July, 2010 - 15:44
Gail Riekie

Arctic and Antarctic ice cores provide a rich source of evidence that both temperature and atmospheric concentrations of methane and carbon dioxide have fluctuated over the past 800,000 years. These studies have also shown that the fluctuations are cyclic, and that higher temperatures are generally associated with higher levels of methane and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Image of methane bubbles in arctic ice
18 June, 2010 - 16:18
Vincent Gauci

NERC today announces its Arctic Research Programme which strongly overlaps with MethaneNet interests and priorities. Expressions of interest are invited for projects in this area together with applications to attend a funding workshop. 15 million pounds are available in the programme.

Funding, NERC
21 May, 2010 - 16:23
Gail Riekie

‘Methane ice’ has been hitting the headlines in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, and the complex issues relating to methane hydrate formation and occurrence have been brought to the attention of a wider public as a result of BP’s effort to contain the oil spill and limit the associated damage.

19 April, 2010 - 09:14
Gail Riekie

Covered in ice for 265 days of the year, and bordered by the frozen wastes of the Siberian tundra, it is hardly surprising that the shallow seas of East Siberian Arctic Shelf (ESAS) have not before now been subject to extensive monitoring for methane emissions.

19 April, 2010 - 08:51
Gail Riekie

The murky, smelly sediments at the bottom of a canal or ditch might not be the obvious place to find a novel form of bacterial life which prompts questions about the early evolution of metabolism, the nature of the biological methane sink, or the possible role of man-made pollution in creating a microbe which ingeniously generates its own fuel supply.

15 April, 2010 - 16:24

Welcome to This brief introduction is to explain how to use and get the most out of The site is highly interactive, designed to help you, as a researcher, to connect with the wider methane community. helps you to find out about the latest news and events and to participate in discussion forums and groups.

8 February, 2010 - 17:14
Gail Riekie

Geophysicists have long used subtle local variations in the earth’s measured gravity field to help build a picture of subsurface geological structures.  A team led by MethaneNet colleague Professor Paul Palmer at Edinburgh University has now pioneered a new use of gravity anomaly data to constrain estimates of methane emissions from different wetland areas (Bloom et al., 2010).

14 January, 2010 - 18:40
Vincent Gauci

Words Anna Pigott, image by 'Flora Cyclam' The submarine gas hydrate stability zone (GHSZ) of the West Spitsbergen continental margin appears to be contracting in response to a 1 deg C temperature rise of the West Spitsbergen ocean current – potentially releasing ~20 Tg yr-1 of methane into sea water.

14 January, 2010 - 18:29
Vincent Gauci

Words by Anna Pigott, image by 'LakeRae'

During 2007 and 2008 concentrations of atmospheric methane increased after a decade of near-zero growth.

14 January, 2010 - 18:13
Vincent Gauci

Words by Anna Pigott.

NASA scientists have discovered that the effect of methane emissions on climate forcing may be greatly underestimated.

28 October, 2009 - 18:23
Vincent Gauci

Critics, notably from the UK meat industry, have rounded on Lord Stern following his recent comments on how diets rich in meat and meat products lead to greater greenhouse gas emissions.  Where beef, cow’s milk and lamb are concerned methane is a major contributor to these emissions.  On the BBC’s website today, MethaneNet colleague Elaine Matthews of NASA GISS discusses s