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Nord Stream: The first satellite images of methane leaks in the pipelines

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Authorities have so far detected four leaks in the two Nord Stream pipelines meant to transport natural gas from Russia to Europe.

Big ones amounts of methane have been released by recent explosions at the Nord Stream natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea, according to an analysis of satellite images by the United Nations’ International Methane Emissions Observatory (IMEO).

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The United Nations’ International Methane Emissions Observatory announced on Twitter that the analysis conducted with researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València detected an amount of methane from the Nord Stream that is significantly greater than the amount detected in another incident in the Gulf of Mexico last year.

According to CNN, more than 100,000 metric tons of natural gas bubble up on the surface of the Baltic Sea, in an area of ​​1 km (0.6 mi), diffusing into both the water and the atmosphere. About 90% of this amount is methane, a greenhouse gas that contributes to global warming much more (80 times) than carbon dioxide.

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The beginnings so far they have detected four leaks on the two Nord Stream pipelines intended to transport natural gas from Russia to Europe. Several governments claimed that the explosions were deliberate acts of sabotage. Russia is reducing the amount of natural gas it sends to most European countries in retaliation for sanctions imposed after its invasion of Ukraine.

The United Nations’ International Methane Emissions Observatory said on Twitter that researchers from the Universitat Politècnica de València estimated that more methane had leaked than a similar event last year in the Gulf of Mexico.

In a tweet they reported that the radius of the circle formed by the erupting gas went from 700 meters wide on September 26th to 520 meters wide on September 29th.

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