Research published in Energy Science & Engineering has found that natural gas has greater methane emissions than coal and oil. This is worrying because methane has twenty times the warming effect of carbon dioxide. Therefore, not only is the process of obtaining shale gas by fracking bad for the environment, but using the gas to heat homes is incredibly bad for the planet. This paper provides another strong argument that investment should be made in green, sustainable energy.

Full article: Robert W. Howarth. A bridge to nowhere: methane emissions and the greenhouse gas footprint of natural gas. Energy Science & Engineering, 2014; 2 (2): 47 DOI: 10.1002/ese3.35