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Nord Stream gas leak is pure "climate catastrophe"

Climate researchers are worried about estimated volumes of methane leaked into the atmosphere from ruptured Nord Stream pipelines.

Photo: HANDOUT/AFP / SWEDISH COAST GUARD

Following the release of the Danish Energy Agency’s estimate that roughly a half million tonnes of natural gas have leaked into Earth’s atmosphere from compromised Baltic Sea pipelines Nord Stream 1 and 2, the incident is now characterized as worse than first assessed, reports Danish newspaper Politiken.

”From a climate perspective, this is pure catastrophe. The scope is extremely worrying,” says Manfred Caltagirone, who heads the International Observatory on Methane Emissions, filing under the United Nations Environment Program.

Caltagirone says that, to the best of his knowledge, this marks history’s largest single methane emission caused by humans.

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