Letter To Editor | Methane Pollution Escalating in India

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METHANE is a colourless, odourless gas. However, the increasing presence of methane in our atmosphere is threatening multiple species of wildlife by hastening climate change. According to studies, this pollutant from oil and gas facilities has an impact on our climate, communities, and wildlife. One must speak up now to help reduce methane emissions and ensure a healthy environment for vulnerable wildlife. It is critical to keep super-pollutant methane under control, as it can be especially harmful to most terrestrial species. To protect biodiversity, we should do everything we can to protect wildlife like these social, herbivorous creatures and other diverse wildlife species in the country. Pollution from the oil and gas industries endangers human health.

Methane is emitted in conjunction with toxic pollution, which can cause asthma-inducing smog or even cancer. To continue protecting frontline communities and wildlife, cutting methane emissions from the oil and gas sector must be as stringent as possible. Regular inspections and repairs should be required at all oil and gas facilities, particularly those with methane leak-prone equipment. It’s important to eliminate unnecessary gas flaring and establish community monitoring programmes. A healthy environment is a right, not a privilege, and strengthening methane rules will have positive wildlife and human health impacts for decades to come.

Vijaykumar H K

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