Even though we release much less methane in the atmosphere, its strength makes it responsible for up to 30% of the warming effect that we experience. Methane is a major component of natural gas, and it can even be considered wasteful emitting it to the atmosphere when it could be used for energy. In either case, as one of the major contributor to global warming, we should ensure we emit less methane to the atmosphere.
The good news is that this gas, whereas a keen heat trapper, is relatively short-lived, which means that once we significantly reduce its emissions, the methane currently found in the atmosphere will stop causing such problems within a decade or two. While we can’t totally eliminate methane emissions, there are ways to minimize them significantly.