Methane Methane In Atmosphere Is On The Rise. Scientists Say We Need To Cut Emissions. By Ali Budner • May 24, 2019 Global methane in the atmosphere is on the rise again after a period of leveling off, but scientists tracking this phenomenon at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, in Boulder haven’t quite figured out why. Methane Leaks Could Now Go Unchecked, But Not Likely In Colorado By Ali Budner • Sep 21, 2018 The Trump administration just relaxed Obama-era industry regulations for methane leaks from oil and gas operations on federal lands. But reactions to the change in the Mountain West are mixed.