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Leaking Landfill in Bangladesh Contributes to Methane Hotspot

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Bangladesh’s Matuail Sanitary Landfill is leaking greenhouse gas methane into the atmosphere. It’s estimated that the emissions rate is at about 4,000 kilograms an hour, which is the equivalent of running 190,000 cars. The landfill spreads over 181 acres and accepts about 2,500 tons of waste a day. 

Bangladesh has been a hotspot for emissions of methane. The 12 highest methane-emission rates detected this year in satellite data occurred over Bangladesh. The countries scientists and government officials are researching the fastest and most cost-effective ways to stop the gases.   

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