Are Australia’s coal companies underreporting their methane emissions?

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Australia has passed its first ever bill on climate change pollution targets this August, with an emissions reduction target of 43% by 2030 now legislated. 

But, while politicians and experts discuss how we’ll meet this target, a controversial Australian coal mine continues to pump huge amounts of methane into the atmosphere.  

Read more: Are miners under reporting their carbon emissions?

Dr Sophie Calabretto talks to Cosmos Magazine journalist Jacinta Bowler about just how potent methane is as a greenhouse gas and the concerns major coal companies could be under reporting their emissions and holding us back from reaching this target.

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