New method to gauge atmosphere’s ability to clear methane

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Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases. Hydroxyl radicals (OH) react with methane and break it down, but it’s been hard for scientists to get a handle on how much OH is present in the atmosphere at high-enough spatial and temporal resolution to be useful. New research got creative and correlated data from a NASA research plane and orbiting satellites to devise a new way to determine OH levels worldwide.

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