How Nord Stream pipeline leak is a threat to climate

Methane leaking from yet-to-be explained damage on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines is likely to be the biggest burst of the potent greenhouse gas on record, raising new fears of the effect on the climate emergency.

The Nord Stream pipeline from Russia to Germany on Thursday was pumping huge volumes of methane into the Baltic Sea as well as the atmosphere.

As much as five times more than escaped in the Aliso Canyon disaster – the largest known terrestrial release of methane in US history.

The leakage could be equivalent to one-third of Denmark’s total annual greenhouse gas emissions, head of the Danish Energy Agency Kristoffer Böttzauw said.

Danish emissions in 2020 were about 45 million tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Russia and the US and European allies have accused each other of deliberately sabotaging the gas pipeline as Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine intensifies.