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Conventional mining emission of methane and contributions to regional global warming in northeastern cities in China

Liu, Chen (2017) Conventional mining emission of methane and contributions to regional global warming in northeastern cities in China. Master Essay, University of Pittsburgh.

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Abstract

The concentration of greenhouse gases (GHGs) in the atmosphere has reached an epic proportion that is higher than any time in human history, and it is still dramatically increasing. As one of the largest contributors to global warming, China is responsible for 25% of carbon emissions from fossil fuel burning, and other GHGs. As the largest coal producer in the world, China is also responsible for over 50% of the global emission of methane-containing air from coal production. The inclining trend of GHGs concentrations is a public health issue because it will lead to increasing risks of diseases related to extreme weather caused by climate change, poor air quality, and will affect human activities. There are a few existing studies concerning methane emission and its impact on China’s climate change. This essay is aiming to estimate methane’s contributions to climate change – using another major GHG carbon dioxide (CO2) as a benchmark – in northeastern Chinese cities that are rich in coal mines and have clear climate change implications, and to study if the growing concentration of coal mine methane influence human activities, such as the agricultural production in Chinese northeastern cities.


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Item Type: Other Thesis, Dissertation, or Long Paper (Master Essay)
Status: Unpublished
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Liu, Chenchl141@pitt.eduCHL141
Contributors:
ContributionContributors NameEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairPeterson, James (Jim)UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Committee MemberHaight, Joel M.UNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date: 29 April 2017
Date Type: Submission
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Environmental and Occupational Health
Degree: MPH - Master of Public Health
Thesis Type: Master Essay
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 14:01
Last Modified: 25 Aug 2017 04:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/31651

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