18 Jan '12, 7pm

Cutting dirty diesel pollution can reduce global warming while it improves human health

My colleague, Dan Lashof, just posted a great summary of the study , published in Science this week, that explained how cutting soot and smog pollution could help reduce the impacts of global warming in the short-term, while improving human health and buying time for critically important reductions in carbon pollution to take effect over the long term. The study included a list of 14 key strategies like cleaner diesel engines, improved cookstoves, and capturing methane releases from coal, oil and gas production. Here’s the key take-away: “[T]argeted measures to curb methane, black carbon, and carbon dioxide emissions would yield huge public health and environmental benefits. Pollution reductions from this strategy would prevent 700,000 to 4.7 million premature deaths each year, increase crop yields, and greatly reduce the risk of extreme climate disruption that lies beyond...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/rkassel/cutting_dirty_d...

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