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UnDisciplined: the methane matter

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Methane. It's more than just the gas released when cows... release gas. It has a warming potential 25x higher than carbon dioxide. Researchers in Utah's Uinta Basin have been studying emissions of methane and other chemicals from natural gas drilling sites since 2015. They recently found that, despite gas production decreasing, methane leaks at these sites have remained the same. As the world works to reduce greenhouse gases, these research provides valuable insights into sources of these emissions.

Dr. Seth Lyman is a research associate professor in chemistry and biochemistry at Utah State University Uinta Basin, where he studies the detection, emissions, transport, chemistry, and fate of atmospheric contaminants. Dr. John Lin is a professor at the University of Utah's Department of Atmospheric Sciences, where he studies the exchange of greenhouse gases and pollutants between the land surface and the atmosphere.

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Ellis Juhlin is a science reporter here at Utah Public Radio and a Master's Student at Utah State. She studies Ferruginous Hawk nestlings and the factors that influence their health. She loves our natural world and being part of wildlife research. Now, getting to communicate that kind of research to the UPR listeners through this position makes her love what she does even more. In her free time, you can find her outside on a trail with her partner Matt and her goofy pups Dodger and Finley. They love living in a place where there are year-round adventures to be had!