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Are fossil fuels really formed from fossils?

Let's look at this. A very large number of points for one question. First, the solar system. We do not see any hydrocarbons in the inner solar system (Mercury to Mars). This is because in this region ...
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If methane decays to $\small\sf{CO_2}$ in the atmosphere, shouldn't there be much more $\small\sf{CO_2}$?

So what am I missing in this analysis? The linked data says 2017 CH4 was about 1850 ppb, not 1850 ppm. Dividing parts per billion (ppb) by 1000 results in parts per million (ppm). In other words, ...
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Methane remote sensing?

I found a great paper named Remote Sensing of Particulate Pollution from Space: Have We Reached the Promised Land? and collected some remote sensing instruments doing CH4 measurement in the chart ...
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Are fossil fuels really formed from fossils?

The definition of a fossil is "evidence of past life preserved by geologic processes". By this definition a coal bed is itself a fossil since it is the preserved organic matter from an ancient ...
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The origin of permafrost

What caused a centuries long freeze, the beginning of the current ice age. Yes we are in an ice age, as long as greenland and antarctica have large ice sheets we are technically in an ice age) Which ...
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Why do cow burps and farts harm the planet?

If I understand correctly, the primary contribution of beef production to climate change is the burping and farting the cows do when they digest their food. There are other important factors, such as ...
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Cluster of cow burps now mapped; which satellites contribute to GHGSat's high-resolution maps of ppb levels of methane emission? How do they do it?

A quick online search shows the GHGSat web page discussing the satellites and their capabilities (emphasis mine): GHGSat's vision is to become the global reference for the remote sensing of ...
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Possible and probable source of Curiosity Rover's $\small\sf{CH_4}$ detection on Mars

The possible source of methane is biological, and that is what everyone is hoping for, but the more likely source is geological, produced by chemical reactions between rock and water deep underground ...
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What would be the extent of the feedback on climate of unattended deaths event?

Mass of Earth's atmosphere: $5 \times 10^{18} kg$ Concentration of methane in Earth's atmosphere: $1866 ppb$ Mass of methane in Earth's atmosphere, present day: $9.3 \times 10^{12} kg$ = 9,300,000,...
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Methane from fracking?

According to Howarth, et al. 2011, from 4 wells they sampled, flow back after hydraulic fracturing lead to a release of methane equal to 0.6-3.2% of lifetime production of the well. Fracking wells ...
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What are the natural causes for methane formation?

The 'natural causes' of global methane emissions are, as you indicate, mostly of biological origin. To some extent it depends upon what you regard as 'natural'. There are many and differing estimates ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that the release of methane clathrates in permafrost regions will impact climate change?

Your first two links don't seem to mention clathrates. Much ado about methane says: What methane are we talking about? The largest methane pools that people are talking about are in sediments ...
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Why are $\small\sf{CH_4}$ and $\small\sf{CO_2}$ levels coupled during the Pleistocene?

This question is addressed in a Nature paper on "Understanding the glacial methane cycle" (Hopcroft et al. 2017). There conclusion is that changes in methane concentrations are driven by changes in ...
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"Twelve people have stood on the moon, but only one person has been to the Gates of Hell." What Guinness World Record did George Kourounis receive?

According to the Guinness Book of World Records site, George Kourounis holds the record as the first person to reach the bottom: The first person to reach the bottom of Darvaza gas crater is George ...
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What part does methane play in the process of producing biogas?

When you say produced, do you mean chemically made from another substance, or you do mean released into the atmosphere, or do you mean captured and stored? Methane, or CH4, is a biogas as it is gas ...
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Why do cow burps and farts harm the planet?

In addition to all the valid points given in gerrit's answer, a critical part of the methane emissions from livestock is emmitted from their manure. Once solid and liquid manure (their poop and their ...
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What part does methane play in the process of producing biogas?

As Jean-Marie Prival commented, methane is the biogas (after removing impurites such as $H_2S$ and $CO_2$). Biogas is renewable because "From a carbon perspective, as much carbon dioxide is ...
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What potential geoengineering technologies could help a country "achieve its Paris (agreement) targets"?

I think the third paragraph of the article hints at what might be the thinking. In the next five years, the total area covered by artificial rain or snowfall will reach 5.5 million sq km, while over ...
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Why are $\small\sf{CH_4}$ and $\small\sf{CO_2}$ levels coupled during the Pleistocene?

Just a guess, not a specialist on the topic. Pleistocene was characterised by multiple glaciations and interglacial periods. The increase in CO2 concentration and the increase in temperature normally ...
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The origin of permafrost

Doesn't that mean that it froze quickly, centuries ago, and stayed frozen until now? Not necessarily. In places where permafrost exists, the thickness of the 'active layer' (the layer above ...
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Methane leaks from biogas

how large would the leaks have to be to counteract the positive effects? Trying a ballpark estimate ... biogas replaces natural gas. For simplicity let's assume the replacement is 1:1, one mole of ...
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What are the natural causes for methane formation?

Yes It is one of most common compounds in the universe. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methane#Extraterrestrial_methane Which period of the early earth do you want to know about? the earliest ...
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