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Environmental Innovation|June 18, 2024

VIDEO: Innovative Genomics Institute Working to Develop Microbiome Editing Tools to Solve Health, Climate Issues

Methane is a greenhouse gas over 80 times more potent than carbon dioxide over a 20-year period. One of the biggest sources of methane: cow burps. But don't blame the cows! The methane is actually created by microbes in the cow gut. Innovative Genomics Institute researchers Ermias Kebreab and Matthias Hess at UC Davis and collaborators at UC Berkeley are working to develop new tools to block the microbes from creating methane in the first place, sparing the Earth — and the cow — from the effects of the gas.

Environmental Innovation|June 17, 2024

MethaneSat: Milestone Check and Orbit Update

MethaneSAT successfully launched into space on March 4th, 2024. Since entering orbit, the team has been working steadily through the stages of commissioning and has even begun collecting initial data — an incredibly exciting milestone that brings us closer to a methane revolution.

Environmental Innovation|March 4, 2024

VIDEO: MethaneSAT is Now in Space! Watch the Launch of EDF’s Methane-Detecting Satellite

MethaneSAT is now in space! The methane-detecting satellite will measure pollution from millions of small sources around the world. It’s the first satellite developed and funded by any environmental nonprofit organization, Environmental Defense Fund.

Environmental Innovation|March 4, 2024

VIDEO: MethaneSAT’s Journey — A Climate Solution that is Out of this World

The Environmental Defense Fund invites you to learn more about the MethaneSat, a groundbreaking satellite to speed up cuts in methane emissions worldwide and slow global warming — fast.

Environmental Innovation|September 2, 2023

New Satellite will Help Tackle Methane Leaks, a Major Driver of Global Warming

Methane is a greenhouse gas that often leaks from drilling sites and pipelines. A new satellite will hunt for methane leaks worldwide, which could significantly slow down global warming.

Environmental Innovation|April 28, 2023

A Security Camera for the Planet: New Satellite Aims to Pinpoint Emissions of Methane — A Gas that Plays a Major Role in Global Warming

A new space-based scientific instrument called the Geostationary Carbon Cycle Observatory, or GeoCarb, is funded by the Environmental Defense Fund and can scan land in the Western Hemisphere continuously, taking meticulous measurements of three carbon-based gases: carbon dioxide, carbon monoxide, and methane.

Environmental Innovation|April 11, 2023

VIDEO: Bill Nye Describes the Dangers of Methane Emissions — Particularly in the Short Term

Bill Nye describes (in lay terms) why we should care about methane when addressing the climate crisis — particularly in the short term.

Environmental Innovation|May 19, 2022

Integrating Permafrost Into Our Global Solution for Climate Change

The Woodwell Climate Research Center is launching an effort to better understand the contribution of thawing permafrost to global warming, and to help Arctic communities to cope with its effects. Permafrost thaw is a critical but often overlooked piece of the fight against climate change.

Environmental Innovation|March 9, 2022

How Air Pollution Across America Reflects Racist Redlining Policies From the 1930s

A new study explains how redlining, a discriminatory mortgage appraisal practice dating back to the 1930s, has led communities of color in the United States to be systematically exposed to higher levels of air pollution.

Environmental Innovation|January 11, 2022

Farmers Business Network and Environmental Defense Fund Launch New Farm Operating Line of Credit that Incentivizes Farmers Who Implement Regenerative Ag

Farmers Business Network and Environmental Defense Fund announced the launch of the FBN Regenerative Agriculture Finance Fund. Farmers who meet climate and water quality benchmarks will now access lower interest rates, enabling wider adoption of profitable and sustainable agriculture.