Graph showing the increases in the concentration of methane
in the atmosphere
- as measured in ppbv
(parts per billion
by volume) - roughly parallel world population
growth. As indicated above, over the last two centuries (i.e., since the industrial revolution), methane's concentration in the atmosphere has more than doubled. Over the past decade (1990-2000), although methane concentrations have continued to increase, the overall rate of methane growth has slowed. In the late 1970’s, the growth rate was approximately 20 ppbv/year. In the 1980’s, growth slowed to 9-13 ppbv/year. The 1990’s have seen growth of between 2 and 8 ppbv/year.