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Recommended Reading: Short-Lived Climate Pollutants

The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions produced a report on short-lived climate pollutants.

Short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), also referred to as “near-term climate forcers” by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, are greenhouse gases and other climate pollutants that have relatively short atmospheric lifetimes compared to carbon dioxide

  • The main SLCPs are black carbon, tropospheric ozone, and hydrofluorocarbons.

  • Per molecule in the atmosphere, SLCPs have a stronger warming effect than carbon dioxide, so reducing these pollutants is beneficial to reduce near-term warming, and can be very cost-effective. Actions taken in the immediate future to address them could slow the planet’s warming by about a half a degree by 2050.

  • Some SLCPs are also air pollutants and can be harmful to human health, so reducing them can save lives and increase public health.


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