We work with scientists, policymakers, and peer organizations to support the growth of robust fields in under-resourced, high-impact areas, with an initial focus on methane, near-term warming, transformational solution R+D, and managing earth system risks.

Why it's so important

We're currently off-track from being able to keep the climate within safe guardrails. We need to rapidly develop new solutions, while deploying all available solutions, to minimize temperature overshoot, and manage near-term and long-term warming in parallel.

Now's the time to invest in preparing the additional tools we may need to support human flourishing and minimize earth system risks in overshoot scenarios.

Our starting point: Methane

Methane Already Causes 0.6°C of warming, and continues to rapidly rise

We have parallel climate crises today: mitigating long-term warming, as well as managing near-term warming. Greenhouse gases other than carbon dioxide—with methane the largest contributor—are causing the majority of near-term warming, and are critical to rapidly cut alongside carbon dioxide in order to minimize the rate of warming, and peak temperatures we see, which impact natural system feedbacks. We must cut all possible methane emissions as quickly as possible in order to start bending the curve on warming, while heavily investing in developing missing solutions, and improving our understand and response to rising natural emissions.

The Need for Methane Removal Research

The new field of methane emissions removal focuses on developing additional emissions reductions strategies for low-concentration sources, while atmospheric methane removal squarely focuses on the challenge of mitigating the impact of methane once it's in the atmosphere, from historical and elevated natural emissions.

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Livestock Methane Innovation

Enteric fermentation methane emissions—"cow burps"—account for ~25% of global anthropogenic methane emissions. Without new supply-side solutions, or a demand-side revolution, cow burps along will exceed our entire anthropogenic methane budget. Major innovation is needed.

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Natural System Response

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There's growing evidence that natural system methane emissions are on the rise, putting our overall methane goals at risk. More work is needed in advancing measurement, modeling, and potential responses in order to incorporate this risk into our climate understanding, and work to mitigate it.

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Why Methane Matters

Catalyst Podcast with Shayle Kann

Spark co-founder Erika Reinhardt when on the Catalyst podcast to talk about two climate blind spots—methane and near-term warming—that Spark is working on.


Sparking solutions for hard-to-mitigate methane emissions

Video-recorded presentation to Stanford's Methane Emissions Technology Alliance (META)

Spark co-founder Erika Reinhardt shares Spark's view of the broader methane solution ecosystem and risks, and how we're approaching roadmapping and field-building in these spaces, in order to help accelerate overall progress towards solution development and policy support.



Spark Climate Solutions was created with support from Climate Pathfinders Foundation and The Primordium Foundation

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