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7. How does fracking affect climate change?

Leading the world towards the massive use of energy of fossil origin, with contributions of new techniques such as fracking, is revitalized greenhouse gas emissions, which goes against the Paris Agreement. If fracking were generalized on the planet, this would put an end to the hopes of achieving the goal of increasing the world temperature by less than 2º C by the end of the century, in relation to its pre-industrial level. In the case of shale gas, which is between 90% and 95% methane, although it is true that its contribution to the greenhouse effect is 21 times greater than that of CO2, it must also be said that its participation in the atmosphere is 220 times smaller. According to climatic agreements reached, the use of greenhouse gases (GHG) must be reduced to zero by the end of the century. The discovery of unconventional deposits and the invention of new procedures to extract hydrocarbons entail serious difficulties in achieving this goal. Failing to do so could be catastrophic.

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