The Cop26 agreement on methane is a major development in the fight against climate change. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that traps far more heat than carbon dioxide, making it a significant contributor to global warming. The Cop26 agreement aims to reduce methane emissions by 30% by the end of the decade.

The agreement was announced during the United Nations climate summit in Glasgow in November 2021. It was signed by more than 100 countries, including major emitters like the United States, China, and India. The agreement sets targets for reducing methane emissions from a variety of sources, including agriculture, oil and gas production, and waste management.

One of the key strategies for reducing methane emissions is better management of livestock and manure. Livestock are a major source of methane emissions, as their digestive systems produce large amounts of the gas. The Cop26 agreement calls for better management practices, such as improved feed and manure management, to reduce these emissions.

The agreement also aims to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas production. This will involve measures such as reducing flaring and venting of natural gas, which is a major source of methane emissions in the industry. The agreement also calls for improved monitoring and reporting of methane emissions, to ensure that progress is being made towards the 30% reduction target.

In addition, the Cop26 agreement includes measures to reduce methane emissions from waste management. This will involve increasing the use of methane capture and conversion technologies in landfills, as well as promoting better waste reduction and recycling practices.

The Cop26 agreement on methane is an important step towards addressing the urgent issue of climate change. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas that is contributing to rising global temperatures, and reducing emissions of this gas will be crucial in limiting the worst impacts of climate change. With the support of more than 100 countries, the Cop26 agreement represents a significant commitment to tackling this pressing issue.