Research Brief: African Rice Cultivation and Methane Emissions 

The Harvard Initiative on Reducing Global Methane Emissions, supported by the Salata Institute for Climate and Sustainability, has released a Research Brief titled “Updating Estimates of Methane Emissions: Rising Emissions in Africa from Rice Agriculture.” The Brief summarizes research by Professor Daniel Jacob and postdoctoral fellow Zichong Chen, atmospheric scientists at Harvard University, with their colleagues. The researchers found that rapidly increasing lowland rice agriculture in Africa could be contributing significantly to the current rise in global methane emissions.