Methane and Climate Change

Edited by

Dave Reay, Pete Smith and André van Amstel

First published in 2010 by Earthscan

Copyright © Dr David R. Reay, Professor Pete Smith and Dr André van Amstel, 2010

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ISBN 978-1-84407-823-3

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Methane and climate change / edited by Dave Reay, Pete Smith, and André van Amstel. p. cm.

Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 978-1-84407-823-3 (hardback)

1. Atmospheric methane—Environmental aspects. 2. Methane—Environmental aspects. 3. Climatic changes. I. Reay, Dave, 1972- II. Smith, Pete, 1965- III. Amstel, André van. QC879.85.M48 2010 551.6—dc22

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