Methane, or natural gas, is a byproduct of decaying organic material. When it escapes into the atmosphere, methane can contribute as a gas that traps in warm air and ultimately increases surface temperatures on earth. There are several sources of this greenhouse gas from natural leaks from natural deposits of methane in the earth’s crust, to leaks in how the gas is distributed to homes, to dairies where cows and manure produce the gas, and to landfills where humans bury their wastes. Now it has been determined that landfills are the number one producer of methane. They out rank all other sources creating 41% of the world’s methane. What could we do to stop this production of gas? What do we do with all the human garbage we create?

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