The Sudd: Microbes in saturated soils will produce methane Scientists think they can now explain at least part of the recent growth in methane (CH4) levels in the atmosphere. Researchers, led from Edinburgh University, UK, say their studies point to a big jump in emissions coming from just the wetlands of South Sudan. Satellite data indicates the region received a large surge of water from East African lakes, including Victoria. This would have boosted CH4 from the wetlands, accounting for a significant part of the rise in global methane. Perhaps even up to a third of the growth seen in the period 2010-2016, when considered with East Africa as a whole. “There’s not much ground-monitoring in this region that can prove or disprove our results, but the data we have fits together beautifully,” said Prof Paul Palmer. “We have independent lines of evidence to show the Sudd wetlands expanded […]