Over 1,000 large methane leaks detected in landfills Since 2019, jeopardizing climate targets


Since 2019, over 1,000 large leaks of methane have been detected from landfill waste dumps globally. South Asian nations, Argentina, and Spain are identified as hotspots, even though proper waste management should prevent such leaks in developed countries. Landfills emit methane during the decomposition of organic waste. Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh lead in large leaks, followed by Argentina, Uzbekistan, and Spain. Effective waste management strategies include reducing organic waste, diverting it from landfills, and capturing emitted methane. Read more about methane leaks from landfills.

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